The Snake Houses most undoubtedly bring to mind one’s childhood and its heritage of dreams. Who never wished to have a tree house, or never to grow old, like Peter Pan? The snake houses, built on piles and rejecting all right angles, emerge quietly from among the tree tops. The materials – slate and wood – that cover them enhance the desired effect of concealment.
The modern revisiting of this idea of a tree house grants unusual originality to their setting. The round, front window, framing a view over the surrounding trees, and the skylight, offering a segment of the sky, articulate in exemplary fashion the idea of the human condition, between heaven and earth.
Consisting of a bedroom and sitting room, bathroom and kitchen, they are surprisingly roomier than they appear from the outside. Just like the snakes whose name they have borrowed.
2012 - 2015
Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Portugal
Unicer Bebidas de Portugal - VMPS, Águas e Turismo
LuÍs Rebelo de Andrade, Tiago Rebelo de Andrade, Raquel Jorge, Pedro Baptista DIas, Madalena Rebelo de Andrade
VMPS - Eng. Vasco Portal
FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura
Archdaily Building of the Year 2014 - Hospitality Architecture