An Old Winery Turned Into A House Covered With Red Mortar

This house is a renovated old winery, which was covered with red mortar to highlight its presence and make it look unique

This house is a renovated old winery, which was covered with red mortar to highlight its presence and make it look unique

Lisbon-based practice Extrastudio has converted a winery in southern Portugal into a family home by covering its walls with red-pigmented mortar, introducing light wells and adding a black-bottomed swimming pool.

To maintain coherence between new and the old parts of the walls, the architects covered the building in a red-pigmented lime mortar. The application creates a rough texture, with patches of lighter and darker pigmentation. A natural red pigment was added to the mortar, to reinforce the building’s presence, allowing the house to age gradually and changing its tonality, without ever requiring a coat of paint. The mortar also includes pozzolans – materials like powdered brick and heat-treated clay – which strengthen it and protect against weathering damage.

On the ground floor, the architects cut out a 14-metre-long window that faces the garden. It is fitted with black glass doors, which slide completely open to connect the combined living space with the graveled back garden and orchard. A raised swimming pool built at the rear of the garden is placed into a gap between the orange trees and a plant-covered wall.

Inside, mirrors line the walls of the lounge to reflect flight, and pale concrete flooring and white-painted walls are used throughout. The nine-metre-high entrance hall features a window into the yard at ground level, while another window set higher into the wall allows light to enter the first-floor corridor. Bedrooms and bathrooms are placed on the first floor, which connects with a small attic room in the apex of the roof. Its walls, floors and ceiling are painted white, and the space is brightly illuminated by a series of rooflights and a pivoting porthole window.

Inside the house is modern, done with white and some rustic furniture - white color reflects light very well

Inside the house is modern, done with white and some rustic furniture - white color reflects light very well

The living room features a large bookshelf unit that takes a whole wall, rustic and mid-century modenr furniture and potted greenery

The living room features a large bookshelf unit that takes a whole wall, rustic and mid-century modenr furniture and potted greenery

The upper level is a clean space with a pivoting window, and the owners can do anything here

The upper level is a clean space with a pivoting window, and the owners can do anything here

Series of windows and voids were added to fill the home with natural light

Series of windows and voids were added to fill the home with natural light

The bathroom is with a view to outdoors, and a tall wall protects the owners from unwanted eyes

The bathroom is with a view to outdoors, and a tall wall protects the owners from unwanted eyes

a pool was added outdoors, it's long and narrow and though doesn't take much space, is a very cool one

a pool was added outdoors, it's long and narrow and though doesn't take much space, is a very cool one

The glazing on the ground floor connects the public spaces with outdoors and the terrace

The glazing on the ground floor connects the public spaces with outdoors and the terrace

Source: dezeen