— Please tell us a little about the history of the area of Comporta, Portugal.
The land used to belong to fishermen and rice farmers. The houses were built with straw and wood back then, and the floors were compacted earth. There wasn’t any concrete.
People used to live here all year round. They would even have their fires on the floor without any chimneys.”
— Casas Na Areia exterior and pool
— How did the project start?
The project was finished in about a year and a half, and we were very surprised because in 2010, the CasasNaAreia was chosen to represent Portugal at the Venice Biennale and many architecture magazines wanted to write articles about the house. That’s when we decided that it wasn’t just going to be a weekend house, but that we would rent it out to holiday guests.
Our very first customer was a Belgian architect. I am a pilot, so I changed my flight schedule, picked him up personally and flew him to Lisbon. It was such a great surprise. One of the most rewarding things about the project is becoming friends with many of the guests. We’ve met some really wonderful people.”
— What makes CasasNaAreia so special for your holiday guests?
You’re also close to the sea and river, so there are a lot of natural elements that help you relax. And the area is a sanctuary for birds. There are a lot of storks and other nice birds flying around. It’s a special place.
There are a lot of things to do in the area, but some guests prefer to just sit back and relax, enjoying the location. In fact, a few have enjoyed the location so much they have purchased land nearby and are now building their own houses in Comporta.”
— How would you describe the architecture and interior design?
We stuck with minimalistic architecture to maintain the historical aspect. We used all local materials in restoring the houses, so they’re quite small because historically they used whole pieces of smaller pieces of wood that was available at that time.”
— Lounge area
— Please tell us a bit about the facilities at the holiday home.
We provide bicycles guests can take to the beach, and pretty much any amenity for a beach house, including bamboo flip flops. We also have a lap pool guests can use or lounge around.”
— View from bed