The Tolo house, designed by Alvaro Leite Siza, is build on a sharply inclined hill in Penafiel, Portugal.
The house fragmentation, necessary due to the steep topography, transforms the whole into a composition of small linked and interconnected volumes, creating an unevenness that allows for a more secure and rational use of the lot.
The form resulting from a rigorous, modular geometric abstraction establishes the necessary rotation of certain modules to adapt to the natural morphology of the terrain, trying to preserve all the pre-existing trees.
The project include three bedrooms, a social bathroom, a living room, a dinning room, a small kitchen with a support washbasin, pantry, and even a small outdoor swimming pool. The outdoor patios, corresponding to the roofs of various levels, are connected through a pedestrian path that border the lot.
The interior floors, doors, and baseboards are in wood, except in the water areas. The exterior doors and windowsare in metal, which are double-pained for improved thermal and acoustic insulation.
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