Doze Casas

Braga, Portugal (2009-2015)

Program: Multi-Unit Housing

Size: 3 200m2

Client: Flexible Loop S.A.

Awards: Premis FAD16, Premios Enor 2017 (shortlisted) and Europe 40 under 40

Architecture: João Caldas, Rita Breda, Nuno Vasconcelos and Tiago Araújo

Photography: Pedro Nuno Pacheco

Engineering: TDP Engenharia



The project is located in a peripheral area of the city of Braga with no relevant urban references. The developer was about to start building nine individual houses when the economic crisis hit and we were called in to develop a new strategy.

Our proposal consists of twelve houses of smaller dimensions, designed as a single volume, economically viable, affordable to potential buyers. This changed led us to radical design decisions - it required that the parking floor would be buried with a single car access ramp, on the opposite, a vertical access core to fulfil the required legal demands.