Recreate a traditional Portuguese house. Rio House by Paulo Merlini Architects

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Design team
Architects.- Paulo Merlini, André Santos Silva.
350 sqm.
Rua Pinhero Manso, Gondomar, Porto District, Portugal.

Paulo Merlini, André Santos Silva. Paulo Merlini Architects

The Portuguese studio Paulo Merlini Architects led by Paulo Merlini and André Santos Silva has developed projects throughout the Portuguese country and internationally. Among their projects to be highlighted, it is worth mentioning the Casa Río in Gondomar where they know how to understand and connect times as environments. Also worth noting is Diamante, in D'Abidjan, in Ivory Coast, which is currently underway and has almost 22,000 square meters, or the Mr & Mrs. White Store in Leça Da Palmeira in Portugal that was nominated for the award. ODA'17 in 2017.

They are motivated by their motto: "Us Is More". His main concern is to create spaces that provide users with the appropriate stimuli, to influence their homeostatic level. This is a concern based on the notion that human beings are the product of evolution. As such, we focus on understanding the human body, primarily on the brain's response to external stimuli.

They believe that if they manage to correctly control the stimuli that enter the brain, it can influence the user's mood, making them happier. They had also been awarded numerous awards such as the 1st Prize in the International Library Extension Competition in 2007 by the Facoltá di Architettura di Firenze, also being nominated for awards such as the ODA'19 for the LMR Clinic project and the Mouzinho 85 project and finalists of the Architizer A + awards for the Basho Shushi House project, among others.



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