Hidden amidst a garden on Rua do Almada, Casa no Jardim is an industrial-inspired holiday rental in Porto. As a creative space, it is eclectically decorated with vintage furnishings and local artworks
How would you describe Casa Oporto in a nutshell?
It’s one of the first works by architect Eduardo Souto de Moura that brings together the characteristics of its setting with the contemporary language of design while offering all the details of today’s modern life.
What was the inspiration and story behind Casa Oporto?
I love architecture and (if I could afford it) would love to have a collection of Modernist houses. I’ve always holidayed around art and architecture and when I moved from Lisbon to Porto for work 20 years ago, I had a colleague of Souto de Moura's design my house.
In 2015, this property in Foz went on the market and I decided to buy it. Souto de Moura’s houses are always expensive but as this one was quite small, it was more affordable. We started renting out the house the following year and, just recently, I purchased another Souto de Moura design in Tavira at the Convento Das Bernardas.
What is it that you particularly like about Souto da Moura’s architecture?
I would call Souto da Moura’s architecture Post-Modernism. There are distinct elements of Modernist design but he doesn’t overlook the past or the history of the local region. He combines the language of Modernism with regional influences while incorporating transparencies into all of his designs.
How would you describe the atmosphere at Casa Oporto?
Because it’s so small, Casa Oporto is like a refuge in a neighbourhood that’s retained its authenticity. It was one of the first areas to be settled in Porto and despite becoming one of its most expensive neighbourhoods since the mid-20th century, there’s been continuity in terms of the people who live there. It hasn’t become artificial like some other areas of the city.
Is Casa Oporto suitable for families with children?
It is suitable for families but not for children under 7 years of age because of the stairs. I always check with parents in initial correspondence to make sure they are okay with this and willing to take responsibility.