There is a deep fascination among people for abandoned, shattered and decaying buildings as they have some kind of history attached with them. If done creatively, shatters can also be tuned into a vintage accommodation. Take the example of this stone house located in a peaceful setting in Northern Portugal. The Portuguese architect Nuno Brandão Costa took around 6-7 years to complete its renovation project last year. Using local materials and demolition waste from a nearby building, the architect gave new life to ruins.
In front of this rural home, there is an earth-toned beam to merge original structure’s two levels with a recent extension containing a lounge and three bedrooms. Due to sloped location, the extended area looks like sinking in the ground, but floor-to-glass windows in the front bathe the space with natural light. On the inside, this areas boast bright interiors, while modern furniture adds comfort to the space.
Two floors of the original building serve as dining and cooking areas, and can be accessed through an internal staircase. The pool in the west of the house is walled by stones to match the ruined structure, while the roofed area in the east is used for car parking storing firewood and using as a small kitchen garden.
This house in Melgaço is a unique renovation project that used the original structure to create something interesting. Luckily, it is also available for rent at Airbnb at US $219/night, so is a great choice of a vacation home for dwellers wandering around the region.