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Dom Pedro Quinto, Qualive’s most recent development project, is situated on Rua Dom Pedro V in the sophisticated district of Massarelos, with hilltop views to the Douro river and a short walk from Porto’s charming downtown. A grand manor house sits upon a terrace, surrounded by tall maple trees and hanging vegetation, walled in by antique granite.
From the windows of Qualive’s headquarters, we have loved and admired this site, watching as, daily passers-by stop to marvel at its mystery. Few locations convey the same immediate sense of romance, for few feel as contained, alive and beguiling.
We knew that the future of this terraced quarter had to be one tied intimately to Porto’s history. Dom Pedro Quinto embodies a style of modern living that balances seclusion and openness,discretion and grandeur, community and privacy.
HANGING GARDENS & GRANITE
As the man-made granite walls and natural vegetation are prevalent to the terraced quarter’s identity, our architectural intervention is minimal, using natural stones as the dominant material. Around the old manor, which has been renovated into a boutique guest house, discreet, contemporary homes, each with their own courtyard, are built into the existing walls. The gardens are landscaped to be self-sufficient, growing naturally within the terraces’ ample supply of light and water. Floating concrete planes connect the antique wall to the houses, creating new and modern terraced levels that rise to the river view while still maintaining the privacy and grandeur of the quarter.