The Gafarim House in Ponte de Lima, Portugal, rises into the air like a blank canvas. Its stark white facade is a simple rectangle framed by the bright blue sky.
Tiago do Vale Arquitectos designed the home to upend the expectations of a Portuguese country house. Mission accomplished.
From the front, the house is a windowless fortress. From the back, it’s all glass. The three-bedroom home centers around an open-plan living room with soaring ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto hilly green countryside.
That same expansive room is home to the kitchen and dining area, which gives the space a loft-like feel. Despite the height of the house, the ground floor is the hub of activity. This includes a row of three bedrooms, with the master getting its own outdoor patio.
An angular staircase at the end of the living room leads up to a mezzanine, where there’s yet another chance to take full advantage of the extra-tall ceiling height and killer views.