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Film: A Day in the Life of a Modern Portuguese House

We love a good architecture film, especially one that shows a building alive with activity. Architect Guilherme Machado Vaz and Building Pictures have released this short that dramatizes the last day of summer as experienced by a home in Afife, in the northern Minho region of Portugal.

Built next to an old chapel surrounded by granite walls, the white cube-ish home features shutters that, when closed, evoke a “facade that is the negation of itself, an anti-facade,” as the architect says.

Inside the home, the choice of materials – from the terrazzo floor on the ground level to the painted-wood window frames – nods to the local vernacular. The home’s split levels are in homage to Adolf Loos. A dreamy pool completes the idyllic picture. As a work of architecture, completed in 2018, the house is quite lovely, but the film is a sweet project in and of itself.

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