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Modern Stunner in Portugal Has National Park for a Yard

Wood and concrete join forces to form this spectacular new home built on a sloped site in Portugal's only national park, the Peneda-Gerês National Park. Designed by Portuguese studio Carvalho Araújo, the striking Gerês House is a dance of two boxy volumes: an expansive concrete base that holds the spacious main living area and exterior terrace and an elevated wooden block that contains the more intimate bedrooms. And the picturesque setting? It's not just for gazing at from afar. The property comes with access to a small pool drawn from a winding stream.

carvalho araújo's gerês house in portugal combines wooden and concrete volumes [Designboom]