Casa Um, which in Portuguese means House Number One, is housed in an old farmhouse, nestled amongst orange groves near Tavira, a picturesque town on Portugal’s Algarve coast, is a new holiday residence with a sophisticated take on the local vernacular architecture, homey ambience and sense of understated luxury. The first guest house from design-led hospitality brand theAddresses, is masterfully renovated and extended by Lisbon-based architecture practice Atelier Rua whose minimalist redesign harmoniously interweaves old and new elements. Boasting a tranquil pool terrace, landscaped grounds and sweeping views across the rolling hills, all the way down to the Atlantic Ocean, the holiday retreat encapsulates the authentic soul of the Algarve with gusto and refinement.
The house unfolds on two levels: The renovated farmhouse and adjoining stables on the upper-level house the living room and dining room respectively, while the newly-built bedrooms occupy a cluster of interconnected cubic volumes on the lower level. The architects took advantage of the sloped terrain to ensure unobstructed views from both communal and private spaces, and added plenty of outdoor spaces, including a pool terrace that overlooks the rural landscape, a dining courtyard set around the old bread oven, along with private courtyards, complete with hammocks, for each one of the four bedrooms.
Underpinned by a minimalist aesthetic of simplistic uncluttered spaces, the house’s interiors reflect the architecture’s poetic dialogue of historical and modern elements. The traditional timber roof structure is painted white to blend in with the white-washed walls, concrete floors and light brown marble arched doorways that echo the farmhouse’s past are complemented by large new windows that offer generous views and abundant natural light, while modern furniture pieces are mixed with handcrafted ceramics and locally made textiles imbuing the house with a muted palette of earthy hues.