Vila nova de Gaia, Portugal

  • Year: 2004-2008
  • Client: Prata e Filhos, Lda
  • Area: 13.840 m² (148.973 sqft)
  • Location: Vila nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Floors above ground: 5
  • Floors below ground: 2
  • Category: Residential
Ocean is a u-shaped building which faces the sea while forming an interior garden. The exterior facade consists of glass bricks, which are in line with the building modulation and create a sense of transparency and lightness by not fully filtering the sunlight. This material contrasts with the wood-clad structure that surrounds the entire building. The interior facade is covered in marble slabs and its windows are framed in horizontally aligned aluminium panels.