Windmill House: An Extremely Small Single Family House with Two Flights

In a consolidated urban mesh, at the center of Ponta Delgada, the approach answers to a program
of an extremely small single family house with two flights, where the lower floor accommodates a
single social area, while the two small bedrooms are located at the upper floor. With only 4.20
meters at the front, with no space for urban pediatrician circulation space, the facade results in the
child’s imaginary of a house drawing… one door and one window.

In that sense, the main facade is exclusively the boundary between interior and exterior, with no
reason for a relation between both, besides being in its way.

The program develops without the need of transitioning or dividing spaces. The only social space
of the house gains dimension in its depth when it finds the garden at the end of the space. The
garden establishes the balance with the house and the private addition at the end of the lot. At the
upper floor, the East Bedroom gets a terrace, from which you can visualize the houses that make
the urban form, so characteristic of the neighborhood.

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”.

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Project Name: Windmill House
Architecture Office: BOX arquitectos
Main Architect: Barabara Morgado + Oscar Catarino

Location: Ponta Delgada - Azores – Portugal
Year of conclusion: 2021
Total area: 110 m2

Constructor: Vicor caetano engenharia & construção, unipessoal, ldª
Engineering: SOPSEC Açores
Interiors Team: BOX arquitectos
Architectural photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio