While passing the rows of orange and olive trees, we are looking out for Casa Um with the irresistible curiosity of a novice. It is the architectural accomplishment of theAddresses, a hotel owner of minimalist residences offering a slow-living experience with a Portuguese flair.
A house never lets itself be understood at a single glance. It is only through glimpses that it slowly unveils its character. The welcoming facade immediately draws attention with an accumulation of white, clean volumes located on the slope. The real meaning of their simplicity becomes apparent only upon entering the residence. It is divided into two basic areas; the communal areas are located in the renovated remains of a shepherd's house (kitchen, living, and dining rooms). The remaining private space is provided by small cubicles connected by a long corridor. Each of these features a full suite bedroom and bathroom with easy access to a private patio.
Every effort has been made to maintain a harmonious relationship between the exterior and interior. You might be able to catch a glimpse of the neighbor's lemon tree fields while sitting in the living room on the sofa. It is just one example of the numerous natural design decisions made by Atelier RUA, responsible for the architectural project of Casa Um.
The driving force behind the project was the need to slow down. Several interior features and architectural elements (wide steps, benches, wide window sills) make the time stop for a while and invite you to sit down and relax. Let go of everyday worries and gaze at the garden full of acacias, aloes, and wildflowers.
White walls and concrete floors dominate the interior of the house. They provide an elegant backdrop for the carefully selected design objects and furniture by Studio Stories (the creative team responsible for the interior design). They were harmoniously combined with old wooden furniture, which brings to mind the original character of the home. An additional finishing material that lends an authentic character to the interiors is stone. The locally sourced ‘Brecha de Tavira’ stone is used in bathrooms as wall and floor coverings, as well as in custom-made sinks and the kitchen countertop. In the living room guests consume the meals around a massive table fashioned from gigantic slabs of travertine, turning this piece of furniture into a work of art.
The exterior offers plenty of space for outdoor activities: there is both a saltwater pool and a terrace at the side of the house. Under a traditional bamboo canopy, while sitting at an old table on long benches, one can discuss endless topics over wine and seafood.
The thoughtful design of Casa Um ensures an effortless experience even for the most demanding visitors. It is the perfect setting to indulge in a leisurely time away.