The architect Souto de Moura has designed one of the most luxurious residential complexes that is being built in the city of Porto. Quinta da Casa Amarela is a park that combines apartments and villas, in the immediate vicinity of Velásquez Square, in Antas. This stunning development is to be completed in the second half of 2020.
Eduardo Souto de Moura, a Portuguese architect and native to Porto and winner of the Pritzker price in 2011 and the Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2018, has just designed the most luxurious gated community in one of the most symbolic areas of Porto - Antas. Until now, only a priviliged few have been able to inhabit a house designed by someone with so many other award-winning works, the Braga Municipal Stadium for Euro 2004 for example - but now this will become a privilege for 28 families.
For Ricardo Costa, CEO of LUXIMOS Christie's that is marketing this new venture, "Quinta da Casa Amarela is a building that honours the rural, noble and romantic past of Porto, but is also clothed with the DNA of architect Souto de Moura, in order to serve the needs ofcontemporary life with an unassailable level of quality, respecting comfort, privacy, security and sustainability."
This gated community, inserted in a plot of 16000m2, is equipped with a heated indoor pool with solar panels and direct light, a Turkish bath, events room and extensive gardens, meaning that not in the slightest does it resemble ordinary gated developments. This project results from the renovation of an old building, which, in fact, was a palace. This community is, therefore, a kind of palace, which houses additional apartments and villas in a perfect symbiosis. The gift of Souto de Moura for the 21st century is therefore this work of village-shaped art within the city of Porto.
Built in Antas, the development consists of a residential set of properties designed to suit various family needs. Therefore, there are several options in the existing renovated buildings (including 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom apartments and 4-bedroom duplexes with surface areas ranging from 118 to a very attractive 377 m2) and also in the new buildings, where one-family villas are on offer, with 3-, 4- and 5-bedroom properties with a surface area between 220 m2 and 315 m2. These villas are distributed over two floors: the first is at ground level and the second is partially underground with access to a patio and a private garden, as well as the enclosed parking integrated into the villa itself.
Quinta da Casa Amarela, whose imposing architectural plot was respected and takes us to the romantic period, encourages residents to live and socialise with one another with a non-invasive formula, and promotes the integration of residents in the surrounding environment, without compromising security. The property has maintained its original coat of arms (historically a symbol of courage and bravery), on the majestic entrance gate and the surrounding wall which is three metres high. A romantic grotto has also been preserved with an artificial lake and the original design of the gardens that in the past merged with the fields for the purpose of agricultural activities.
In addition, there are plans to include a pedestrian route next to the exterior fence of the community, which serves as access to homes and for car circulation, but also as a maintenance circuit which is about 600 meters long. A permanent sense of well-being will be aided by the existence of a caretaker and health and well-being facilities with changing rooms for both sexes. Because sustainability is today, along with safety, also one of the most important values of community living, the automatic irrigation system uses water from existing wells. All solutions in the development, visible and invisible, respect the environment.
Finish and circulation within the development
Eduardo Souto de Moura is internationally recognised for the refined choice of materials he always makes in any his work, public or private, and this case is no different. All properties have high quality finishes such as afizelia solid wood flooring, tinned walls and false plaster ceilings. The woods have lacquered finishings and the frames of modern buildings are in anodized aluminium with thermal glass, while the frames of old buildings are in solid wood, keeping the original image.
The private car parking of each of the apartments is located on the same floor of the house, taking advantage of the fact that the land of the housing complex is at a quota higher than that of the adjacent streets. Movement between the parking area and the different floors is ensured by lifts integrated into the buildings and in the case of the villas, access is by private lifting platforms.
Quinta da Casa Amarela is for sale in the national and international market through LUXIMOS Christie's International Real Estate with prices ranging from 706,717 euros to 1,890,141 euros depending on the specifications of property.