• Status:
  • Size: 4.310 m2
  • Location: Travanca, Portugal
  • Year of completion: 1999

About the project.

The project is a cluster of 18 attached single-family homes, all on one floor and each has three bedrooms. These homes are split into two groups: one with 11 units and the other with 7, all part of an approved urban development in the Barrela area of Travanca. The main aim is to provide appropriate housing while blending in with the surrounding urban environment, which is mostly made up of single-family homes. Moreover, the project seeks to create a living environment reminiscent of rural dwellings, meeting the needs of the population set for resettlement. ​

Story behind the design.

This project sought to create a functional and psychological typology able to offer this set of detached houses the characteristics of a typical neighbourhood.

Each house has 3 bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and toilets. At the rear, was created a courtyard, and on the entry, we have created a translucent coverage that makes the transition between street and housing, even creating a relationship of neighbourhood, since this framework is shared between two houses.

Travanca Social Housing was also awarded the first prize in the National Housing awards of the National Housing Institute, in 2000.

Added value.

  1. Addressing societal concerns and fostering community integration 
  2. Creating affordable housing and social rehousing to provide residents with a sense of belonging
  3. Thoughtful and innovative design considerations including individualized outdoor spaces and incorporation of green areas
  4. Promotion of a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle through design choices.