Created by Portuguese studio Sandra Micaela Casinha Atelier, the Casa Pátios de Pétalas is a clean white and minimal home with an organic shape that is inspired by flowers. The home is marked by curved white walls and was designed for a family with a young daughter. Nestled in the Gondomar neighborhood in the east of Porto, the home is informed by mother nature and utilizes a limited material palette.
Designer: Sandra Micaela Casinha Atelier
The organic form of the home is really quite interesting. It houses two storeys, with the glazed lower storey amped with timber slots that provide shading. The upper storey features fluid white rendered walls that bring to mind the image of petals. “The flower petals embrace the entire upper floor,” studio founder Sandra Casinha. “To reinforce their presence, we limit the use to three materials: white [concrete], which draws the petals, aluminum, and glass. Thus, the petals gain more expression.”
The interiors of the home feature curved walls, that create physical and visual links between the various living spaces. As you enter the home, you are welcomed by an open staircase with timber treads that run through the first floor, marking the center of the open-plan living space. The lower storey is segregated by two sinuous curved walls which split the open plan into thirds. The kitchen and dining room occupy one-third of the space, while the living room occupies the central section of the plan. The living room and a curving timber deck are subtly connected via sliding glazed doors. The deck overlooks the lovely garden.
The upper floor of the home houses three ensuite bedrooms. Each bedroom has its own patio, which creates a serene connection to the outdoors. The interiors of the Casa Pátios de Pétalas are also inspired by nature. Earthy tones and textiles dominate the living and sleeping sections, while the walls of the ensuite bathrooms have been clad in jewel-toned red tiles.”In the decoration, you can feel the palette of pastel and raw colors used,” Casinha explained. “[We use] furniture that enhances the tranquility of the place, casual comfort, natural materials, [and] simplicity.”