BBC2 and Netflix’s show World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, that talks about the most unique houses designed and built around the world, kicked off its second season with a visit to Portugal.
The first season of the show had already winked at the Portuguese talent through the 9 bedroom house Ktima, on the island of Antiparos, Greece, whose original blueprints belong to Camilo Rebelo and Susana Martins.
Ktima’s construction began in 2014 and took inspiration, according to Camilo Rebelo, from the “ancient Greek amphitheatres”. Ktima takes advantage of the local terrain to play around with white walls, zigzagging corridors and wide terraces.
World’s Most Extraordinary Homes (now picking a country per episode; during the first season it chose properties according to architectural premises) chose Portugal to premiere its second season and traveled all around the country to show 4 luxurious properties, each with its own distinctive style.
Shall we tour them?
The Wall House (Cascais, Lisbon)
Beyond the impressive pools and the moving walls (“the majority of the houses have doors and windows... this one has walls that move!”, says one of the co-hosts), The Wall House still finds room for a gaming area and a cinema.
It was designed by José Guedes Cruz, Marco Martinez Marinho and César Marques back in 2013.
Casa Na Gateira (Penela, Coimbra)
This property, owned by a British couple, went for a more... curvy approach. The official site of Camarim Arquitetos, responsible for the project, states the goal was to "insert a house of the landscape” instead of a “house into the landscape”, beautifully embedded, with subtle interference in the terrain.
Casa Na Gateira also pays attention to its surroundings by the intelligent game of light of its corridors that softens the temperature range.
It was sketched by Vasco Correia and Patrícia Sousa and erected in 2016.
Casa Monte (Muda, Setúbal)
The quiet little town of Muda (near Grândola) hosts the third ‘super house’ chosen by the show and it’s commonly known by the locals as The Dune House, thanks to the couple of sand dunes on which the property is based. Four concrete arms connect all the rooms and the wave-shaped roof fosters a refreshing view over the landscape.
This house was designed by studio Pereira Miguel Arquitetos and built in 2009.
Casa Gerês (Caniçada Valley, Braga)
The last stop of World’s Most Extraordinary Homes takes us to the Peneda-Gerês National Park.
Casa Gerês is another example of a fluid house-terrain relationship, from the integrated stream to the wood and concrete structure that is perfect for the slope where it stands.
The ‘living room’, thought as a big multipurpose hall, sponsors a great visual range and invites guests to find the view down the hillside.
The upper floor is more intimate and finds its interaction with the ground floor through an open mezzanine. The hosts of the show make the most of this opening: whilst the architect Piers Taylor explores the upper spaces the actress Caroline Quentin tries to find some sleep in the ‘living room’.
Casa Gerês belongs to the Carvalho Araújo studio and its construction ended in 2015.