Vigário House is how the young architects at AND-RÉ have named their timeless design for a single-family residence in Paredes, northern Portugal. "Vigário", Portuguese for "pastor", could well stand for the reserved, neutral architecture of the dwelling and the emphasis it places on the remaining ruins of buildings that once stood at the site.
Location: P–4580 Paredes
The new parts of the residence – coming with no less than 450 square metres living space it is large one – fit in sensitively with the raw stone walls of the past, filling out the interstitial spaces to form new volumes. The modern architecture acts as a silent ally in the creation of a close dialogue between old and new, setting the stage for the almost forgotten past of the timelessly beautiful undressed stones. The gesture expressed in the well-considered intervention reflects a respectful attitude to the past; in addition to preventing the complete collapse of the ruins, the new architecture with its grey rendered façades play a reticent role, giving pride of place to the rough stones, yet it also takes advantage of the existing geometry and textures, using the past for its own benefit. Due to a number of delays, the construction of the Vigário House lasted eight years – simply cleaning and filling in ruined areas and reconstructing the layered stone walls in accordance with old traditions took up no less than a year. However, this slow pace of progresses testifies to a dignified interaction with time and traditional crafts. AND-RÉ Architects see architecture and design as finding thoughtful solutions for the past, as a continuation of long-established , substantial history. This attitude can be sensed in the timeless single-family Vigário House, where white plastered walls and wooden furniture act as a backdrop that focuses attention on selected details of the ruins.