Pink Marble Used in the Interiors of the Portuguese House
Architects Daniel Zamarbide and Leopold Banchini Architects designed a concrete house in Lisbon with a central core of local pink marble.
Called Casa do Monte, meaning Hill House, the project is located on a characteristic steep and narrow stepped hill of the Portuguese capital.
The three-story house, a restoration of an abandoned and destroyed building, has a plain white exterior similar to that of its neighbors. However, there is a striking contrast of concrete and pink marble inside the house.
The regular rhythm of the historic openings in the building's white façade has been preserved, but the interiors are carved to create larger volumes and play on the light and views.
On the ground floor, the living, dining and kitchen area opens onto a shaded patio lined with traditional Portuguese tiles, with openings in the walls overlooking the city below.
Photography is by Leopold Banchini.