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An Architect Gives New Life to an Old Material with a Refreshing Wooden Design

  • Portuguese architect Ernesto Pereira has constructed a modern, interpretive wooden home near Porto
  • SilverWoodHouse features angled wood and white forms throughout, a look that recalls a history of wood and adobe design

We’ve been building wooden homes for as long as history has been recorded. Since the axe brought down the tree, its flesh has fashioned countless homes over countless generations of man. This soft-yet-sturdy substance is the heart of our architectural tradition, but its form and flexibility still has untapped potential.

“It’s a testament to the flexibility of wood in design, and how such an ancient material can be so progressive and interesting.”

A Portuguese architect has picked up this old wooden tradition and shaped it into something new and progressive. The SilverWoodHouse by Ernesto Pereira owes its rich, warm visual identity to an abundant use of wood throughout. Angled wooden slats comprise much of the home’s facade, a design element that continues on the deck, the fences and the floors of the interior. Every inch of wood is laid on the same angle, providing continuity of form throughout the design. This placement of wood and the solid white shapes it supports yields a contemporary appearance, a fresh new perspective on wooden architecture.

The white walls, which wrap around the wooden fascia outside and the surfaces within, have an interpretive angle of their own. While the wooden elements of SilverWoodHouse recall their own tradition, the white spaces appear to represent an adobe-style influence. They’re tight, modern and angular, but they feel natural and well-fitted to the angled wood design. It’s as if the whole home is an interpretation on wood and adobe construction, but fashioned in a progressive, contemporary vision.

The SilverWoodHouse also features remarkable outdoor living spaces. Pools and patios and private areas intersect in an outdoor space with plenty of variance. It’s lined with plant life and wooden screens, plus cleanly-arranged lawn spaces as visual accents. For as beautiful as the home itself appears, the landscape architecture itself deserves applause.

This home is one of the first solo projects by architect Ernesto Pereira, and its success is a sign of great things to come. It’s a testament to the flexibility of wood in design, and how such an ancient material can be so progressive and interesting. Kudos, Mr. Pereira. [photography: joao morgado, hat tip: archdaily]

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