Casa Chouso

Casa Chouso is in Casal de S. Brás, a humble village which is part of Ansião, on a piece of land with a superb view over both the village and the hills of Sicó in Portugal.

The land presents great natural surroundings, overflowing with clusters of trees and rocks. Furthermore, it is bestowed with fragments of history that go back to old folk traditions: As the land was primarily used for animal pastures, a threshing floor that was used not only for threshing, but also for socializing, provided the concept for this project: “Chouso” means a fenced or closed area; hedge grown by shepherds to hold the cattle.

Taking advantage of the particularities of the land, Casa Chouso was built to be in tune with its surroundings and emerge from the enveloping nature. Thus, it was essential to come up with a project that would not only provide privacy from the nearby road, but also spaces that would allow the owners to fully enjoy the enveloping landscapes.

Therefore, the project conceptually develops from an L-shape, where the social and technical areas are delimited by a patio. This transitional area tunes into the pre-existing surroundings, in analogy to the threshing floor that is found on the land.

The plan layout that starts from this space, is set in two programmatic “wings”: To the east one finds the technical areas –barbecue and garage– and to the west, the social and private areas –study, bedrooms, living and dining area, kitchen, and pantry.

The interior design is based on genuine materials, mainly stone and wood, that give the spaces a modern and cosy character. All the elements used in the finishings were designed by the architects.


ek-magazine 280

Read Also...

Submit a Project

    Click Here
    Would you like to have your project published on ek-mag? Let us know about it in the form below!
  • Please upload a .pdf or .doc file with a brief description of your project as well as some photos of your project to a third party file sharing service such as Dropbox or Wetransfer and provide us the link
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.