Casa da Lila in the historic old town of Silves in southern Portugal is full of surprises. Hidden behind its modest traditional façade, you will find contemporary architecture and an exquisite interior. What at first appears to be a small single-storey house, turns out to be a spacious three-level home offering spectacular views across the city and the surrounding hills.
Dating back to the 1950s, the decaying town house was almost completely rebuilt. The rooms on the garden side of all three levels open through large windows onto sun-drenched terraces. The ground floor houses the living room and kitchen as well as a multi-purpose room which can be also used as a bedroom. A staircase of polished concrete leads down to a garden-level bedroom and a terrace with plunge pool and outdoor shower. An open wooden staircase leads up to another bedroom on the upper floor. The attached lounge-terrace features a small outdoor kitchen. A great deal of thought was put into Casa da Lila’s interior design. The hand-made tiles and furnishings that include selected vintage pieces by renowned designers, the lighting design and impressive technological features: every detail has been carefully considered and artfully executed.
What to do
Golf, restaurants, nearby beaches, shopping, art & culture (Silves features a museum castle and cathedral), markets, hiking, water sports and boating.
Why we like this house
A cool town house in the historic old town of Silves - complete with amazing views.
This house is great for
For small groups and families with older children. Due to its open staircases and terraces the house is not suitable for small children
We are Herman and Angela, a Dutch- Brazilian couple. The little girl in the photo is our little princess, Isabella.
We love the Algarve. We love its weather, nature, golf, beaches, food, wine and above all its people. We are passionate about architecture and interior design. We also wanted to do something back for Portugal, investing in Casa da Lila, sourcing only Portuguese materials. And we also wanted to make Silves just a little bit more beautiful...
|Region/Town||PT – Portugal , Algarve, Silves|
|Name||Casa da Lila|
|Scenery||in the centre of a small town|
|Number of guests||three bedrooms, up to 6 people|
|Design||studio arte, Portimão (Architect: João Carrico, Creative Director: Arnold Aarssen), Interior Design: Herman Koppe & Angela Galvão|
|Published||archello.com, Book A-DETAIL #5, Book "Architecture today houses" 2017, TV report from RTP3 / RTP Internacional, 4/2017|
|Criteria||1-2 (house/apartment), 1-4 (house/apartment), 1-6 (house/apartment), Golf, Sea, Urban|
|Same Architects||Casa Xyza, Casa BonTon|
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