From cramped hayloft to tiny, daylit modern studio in Porto

When Portuguese architect Florêncio da Costa was asked to turn an old hayloft into a guesthouse, he created a clean, modern look with all white, wood and micro-cement, but left it rooted in the past: leaving the original granary structure and constructing the new elements using traditional joinery.

“He was born in a rural place, as was I,” explains his colleague at Oficina d’Arquitectura. “We are used to seeing old houses. The normal approach is to destroy and build new infrastructures, new houses. Our philosophy is different: ‘Okay, let’s use it. And let’s transform it, but not destroying it at all.’”

The tiny home reflects the tradition of the main house and the surrounding agrarian neighborhood of the Porto suburb of Santa Cruz do Bispo while embracing the modernism of clean lines and well-defined shapes.

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  1. Diego Frota
    December 30, 2016

    Really amazing da Costa!! Congrats Kirsten!!

  2. Ugly People
    December 31, 2016

    This place is beautiful. I love the double doors against one wall with the kitchen and bathroom behind them. So nice. Simple, stylish, perfect.

  3. michelle pessanha
    January 5, 2017

    This channel is só interesting

  4. TheDtfamu89
    January 5, 2017

    No fat people in that bathroom. Tight squeeze even for the skinny guy.

  5. Commentator541
    January 13, 2017

    What a beautiful couple!

  6. Gee Bri
    January 21, 2017

    this channel has awaken something in me i enjoy watching your channel.

  7. Michael
    January 22, 2017

    Nice place. Doesn't retain any feeling of the original structure though.

  8. Daniel Pan
    January 31, 2017

    Our Lady of Fatima said the Portugal would preserve her Faith.

  9. Julio Agosto
    February 7, 2017

    He shares the open roof of the kitchen with the bathroom? that's at least gross.

  10. Fedor Amuricano
    February 16, 2017

    All this Europeans speak better English than most Americans who are native English speakers …
    Plus, they all seem to have HOT SLIM WIVES !!!
    Nice vid

  11. Valen S
    February 28, 2017

    4:45 "it's really really wood"

  12. Sexy Vegan
    March 4, 2017

    1) He said he used pine to support the pine industry because due to deforestation there's not much pine left?! Am I misunderstanding something, perhaps it's reclaimed wood?
    2) Can anyone point in me in the right direction to read about this type of roof?
    3) How can people tolerate such loud interiors? For goodness sakes, put some rugs on the floor and tapestries on the wall. It would be nice if modern architects actually considered acoustics too.

  13. Maurice Powers
    March 16, 2017

    it looks like two buildings so I'm a little confused although it's very pretty

  14. originalcause
    March 19, 2017

    Is the roof also concrete? I love the clean look of no "edge metal" (flashing) where the roof meets the wall. I've repeatedly asked contractors to do that, and they always give me an excuse why it can't be done, even though I show them examples like this!

  15. Diogo Martins
    March 20, 2017


  16. theabstrakt84
    March 27, 2017

    His wife is hot. But I hate Portuguese from Portugal. It sounds horrible compared to Brazilian Portuguese.

  17. jukes243
    March 31, 2017


  18. Jeff Trotter
    April 23, 2017

    I would have done some glass terrazzo somewhere I think.

  19. Miami Santiago
    April 29, 2017

    I like the minimal look. The wood is gorgeous against the white wall and flooring.

  20. Paulo Sainz
    May 10, 2017


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    May 11, 2017


  22. mike black
    June 14, 2017

    As usual superb video big thumb up

  23. CarlosBarroso.360
    June 19, 2017

    Yeah! I really love it. Parabéns a todos os envolvidos.

  24. Wolfie
    June 21, 2017

    that is a Portuguese accent alright lol

  25. panzerKO
    June 22, 2017

    amazing how the Portuguese accent in English is a bit different from a Brazilian speaking English, although both nationalities tend to suck equally at it. Awesome little house, guys. Florêncio seems like a great person and passionate about this project, we could use many of these concepts down here in São Paulo. Cheers! Thank you for posting this one, great channel.

  26. guyline1
    June 29, 2017

    just realized that watch so many video, it is all from your channel, SUB!! great content. thanks you

  27. Robyn Buckle
    June 29, 2017

    Wow such beautifully simply design!

  28. Albert Deng
    June 29, 2017

    The house is simply beautiful! I love it.

  29. Jo Cam
    July 6, 2017

    nice design, what are the dimensions of the bathroom by the kitchen?

  30. B. Chan
    July 9, 2017

    so you can smell someone pooping while you cook

  31. Marcos Gonzalez
    August 9, 2017


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    August 10, 2017


  33. X caliber
    August 18, 2017

    Nice House. I like the bicycle too. what make and model is it. where can i find it?

  34. Monica Wilson
    August 20, 2017

    Really simple and really cool!

  35. Diego Ortega
    September 1, 2017


  36. Jahha H
    September 19, 2017

    Awesome design

  37. Kim Willis
    October 2, 2017

    I rebuilt an old stone house in a small village in Portugal. One of the most challenging things I have ever done. What they are trying to explain (I think) is Tha in old houses the cattle would sleep in a stable area on the ground floor and people would live on the upper floor. In winter this was great because the heat of the animal's bodies would rise through the wooden floor to where the people were so as to help with heating the upper rooms.

  38. John Sexton
    November 13, 2017

    I need to tag along with you when you travel in Portugal to see these fabulous homes! Did you need a camera carrier?

  39. Prashanth Budihal
    November 18, 2017

    I admire the Europeans for their design talent.

  40. consistently loyal 81
    December 7, 2017

    My, my the aeroplanes fly low

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