During the 19th century, the Brazilian emigrant was a very usual social figure in the Portuguese society. The Brazilian was at the time the name given to whom returned home from Brazil with great wealth. Their dynamic, optimism and sense opportunity helped to shape the Portuguese society bringing ostentation and color.
Quinze House is a single-family dwell set in modest example of a Brazilian House. Modest because of its reduced scale, nevertheless it displays some of the exotic mannerisms that were common in its typology. These houses were rooted to an affirmative attitude with the clear objective to be distinguished. The columns, the nature-themed tiles, the organic gates and bright color were left intact, as the original with all its idiosyncrasies.
With expressive interiors and a clear and well structured typology, the intervention upon the existing is as little as possible, adapting the house to new routines with contemporary elements. Conceptually it can be summed up to a gesture that seeks to unify the action – an exercise and scheme of closets, connected to the existing wooden elements such as doors and frames. The white is also a unifying gesture, assuring coherence in the moment that the existing meets the contemporary.
In the back a dense garden creates a parallel universe from the city, displaying different kinds of species, from the local ones to the exotic and unusual ones. A particular ambiance that was left intact since it was set patiently through decades.