Portuguese-based architecture studio BOX arquitectos transformed this narrow plot in the centre of Ponta Delgada into a modernist micro-house.
Tucked neatly between the traditional terraced homes in the centre of Portugal’s Ponta Delgada, the crisp white façade of Moinho de Vento – the Windmill House – may look at one with its surroundings, but it’s what lies behind the front door that really sets this tiny home apart from its neighbours.
Built on a skinny 4.20sqm-wide infill, BOX arquitectos wanted to play with volume, depth and light to help create a sense of space within the confines of such a small plot. They divided Moinho de Vento into two sections with a central garden courtyard acting as the connecting element between them.
In the main home, the kitchen and living areas take up the entire ground floor and open directly onto the garden to give the space depth and natural light. “The only social space of the house gains dimension in its depth when it finds the garden at the end of the space,” says BOX arquitectos.
While the ground floor of the main home uses depth to create a sense of space, the top floor uses volume. “The necessity to simulate a greater spatial amplitude is made possible by the skylights in the pitched roof, which receives the light and spreads it throughout the interior spaces, working as a ” diaphragm”, increasing the “vertical perspective”, explains BOX arquitectos.
The sloping ceiling and skylights illuminate the eastern bedroom and bathroom, while the west-facing second bedroom looks out onto the street through the building’s only front-facing window.