An old country house can turn into the most lavish minimalist home under the attentive supervision of architects Rui Vieira Oliveira and Vasco Manuel Fernandes. Located in Póvoa de Lanhoso, Portugal, in a small village giving the house its name, this minimalist country house known as Taíde House shows that rehabilitation of an old structure can result in a completely improved architectural language.

Provoking the eye with a dynamic design, the modern country home showcases an asymmetric roofline. This sketched architectural element was key to providing a fluid interior architecture, as well as provide separate areas for leisure and work.

Spreading over 200 square meters, the former country house is not a private heaven designed to keep the lives of its inhabitants private and connected to the outdoors. Photographs by Fernando Guerra of FG+SG show the full extent of this impressive re-design. Keeping the main design characteristics of local homes, the architects infused this minimalist country house with functional design resting on a rooting base: “The granite walls and stairs, which involve the ancient grape mill in the ground floor, serve as base for the whole proposal. Everything else is assumed as new and this white object, placed on the ancient granite walls, comes to life and draws itself almost automatically…either it’s because it seeks privacy, or just to fulfill the legal boundaries.”

The house organizes itself in two floors: the ground floor contemplates the social area, with the kitchen, guest bathroom, office and a double ceiling living room, which houses the stairwell which gives access to the upper floor, with two bedrooms.” So you see how good design proves to be of real help when turning a boring old country house into a faultless family home partaking in the landscape.