Private House by Rui Grazina

The Private House is located in the hills of Cambeses, Barcelos, Portugal and was designed by Rui Grazina. The modern design is minimal both inside and out and molds into the steep topography of the green protection area in which it’s located.

The house’s footprint was designed to accommodate both foot and car traffic from the access road. To make the most of the interesting viewpoints, the living spaces of the house were turned to ensure that the rooms had the best privacy and sun exposure. Floor-to-ceiling windows give beautiful views of the surrounding landscape.

The house has two stories on the eastern side and only one on the western side because of the steep topography of the land; part of the structure is buried. The frame of the house is made from load-bearing concrete, which allows for the house’s support, as well as an underground parking area.

Photos by Nelson Garrido.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.