Writing on the Wall: House 77's Typographic Architecture

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Póvoa de Varzim photographed by Carlos Moreira, Flickr

Although tourism is a strong industry in the seaside city of Póvoa de Varzim in Portugal, fishing remains a vital element of its history. During the 17th century, the Poveiros became known as “the people who worked the hardest and best knew the seas. Capitalizing on this heritage, Portuguese architectural design studio dIONISO LAB interpreted this fishing culture, infusing local and notable elements into a unique house design, House 77.

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The city’s historic “siglas poveiras, a writing system used as signatures on boats and beach shelters, informed the group’s design approach. The distinctive symbols were perforated onto the stainless steel panels that make up the house’s facade.

The panels open to the outside and cover tall windows. A seafaring palette accents the interior in International Klein Blue.

dIONISO LAB’s residential design takes advantage of its location’s visual language to full splendor.

Nate Burgos

Photographs of House 77 by Fernando Guerra.

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