Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos transformed a 19th-century ruin into this contemporary villa complex in northern Portugal, built from the bones of its predecessor.
The Porto-based practice has created two contrasting holiday homes on the Melgaço site, which is owned by a winemaker and surrounded by vineyards close to the historic town. The first, Clérigo House, was built reusing granite stone and roof tiles from a dilapidated cottage on the plot, and its rustic style pays homage to the architectural vernacular of the region.
An old stone wall wraps around a grassy courtyard – which conceals a wine cellar with tasting rooms – and connects Clérigo House to its new sibling, Vigotas House. This volume features a rippled concrete façade that evokes the form of an agricultural shed.
Though the exteriors of the Melgaço Alvarinho Houses contrast, their interiors are in tune and channel a minimalist vibe. Each has a sculptural staircase – one in cast concrete, one in timber – while polished concrete floors have been used throughout the Portuguese holiday villas. Meanwhile warm wooden walls and cabinetry have been left raw, and furniture is also made from timber.
Guests can enjoy wine tasting, take a dip in the outdoor pool or go hiking through the surrounding vineyards and hills. The Melgaço Alvarinho Houses are also 4km from Melgaço, with its historic architecture, shops and restaurants.