in a small village in the rural center of portugal, henrique barros-gomes has peeled back the years of an old community oven to create a one-bedroom holiday home. owned by the client’s family for decades, the building was a small, single-story volume with thick exposed granite walls and a gable roof. a walled area, including an almost ruined porch, complemented the property. this most recent intervention retains the existing stone walls and rural charm but adds contemporary insertions to create a bright, liveable, two-story space.
due to the region’s climate, an important aspect of the brief was to provide a comfortable living space for both cold winters and stifling hot summers. the building, like many others around it, remained closed and unused for more than half a century. however, the client and henrique barros-gomes saw its potential.