Casa Fez by Alvaro Siza in Portugal
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Casa Fez is the brainchild of architect Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira, a culmination of his dreams. He started planning the house, now his home, in 2004 and it was completed in 2010. Built on an unimpressive lot in Porto, Portugal, the building dominates and is not overshadowed by its environment. A stark white futuristic shape, it brings to mind a museum or opera house rather than a home.
Externally this two floor construction resembles no other in the vicinity. The jutting balcony and asymmetry of building features are striking in their uniqueness, contributing to the artistic merit of this home.
The interior of the house, as with all other aspects of building and design, is the inspiration of the architect who personally chose every detail of the fittings and fixtures. Wooden floors lend warmth to the rooms which are bathed in natural light entering through bare windows. Family heirlooms have been used to furnish and decorate the rooms contrasting with the contemporary style of the residence.
This project was a challenge for the architect to create a functional home for himself incorporating his dreams with the practical limitations of the building. He has achieved this in every way by producing a work of art and an impressive residence worthy of a great architect.