Located in the south coast of the Parque Natural da Arrábida-Sesimbra, the Fort of São Domingo da Baralha is the first defensive construction that has been built, possibly around 1665, with the purpose of defending the Setubal port and its coast.

The building was once home to three army deposit, a water tank and a defensive platform, currently, in ruin, the platform is used by fishermen, the water tank is no longer functional and one portal is still left from the service areas.

The idea for a fisherman home in this fort came after its surprising discovery on a day trip done close by the close by Cabo Espichel lighthouse.

The idea is to conserve the original stone walls by inhabiting the ruin with a new stone volume replacing the water tank and offering a more accessible platform/terrace, the stone volume is recessed from the historical walls allow circulation and a new outdoor space from which enjoying the last hours of the day.

The house is then mainly composed of three spaces, the upper terrace which gives a podium from which contemplate the beauty of the surrounding natural Park and Atlantic Ocean, the lower terrace which provide shelter from wind and 3,2x3,2m wide openings from which is possible to deduct the hour of the day from the shadows and the stone room which provide a fireplace and an open space where bedroom living room and kitchen are a single unit.

The house is intended to be experienced for short living periods and is a hidden shelter that domains the views of the Costa da Arrabida integrating historical heritage with the territory.



300 sqm

Leonardo Marchesi