A Portuguese architect named Manuel Aires Mateus has designed this fantastic looking minimalist residence that consists of two areas, one of which reaches below the ground level.
There are bedrooms and private chambers in the underground area. It also offers access to closed patios in the backyard. The second part of the residence, towering high above the other, is a monolithic form sculptured to call a traditional house to mind. This is where the resemblance ends, though, as the building features a distinctive style. It was painted white and has no windows or roof. They were replaced with clean, flat surfaces and a void in the ceiling. On a sunny day, the void allows the light to penetrate the interior and reflect from all-white walls, generating the impression of space and freedom.
The interior in both parts of the residence is minimalist and contemporary. The furniture is simple and functional, while wooden floor harmonizes with white walls and contrasts neatly with colorful accessories.
I don't know about you, but I simply love Mateus' project. It's inspiring to see the architect go off the beaten track and think differently. Underground constructions are nothing new in the world of architecture, but introducing them to private housing and combining with gorgeous and minimalist reinvention of a traditional shape of a house is a bold move I admire very much.