This has been blogged about in the past – but I can’t resist sharing the incredibly unique Casa Tolo in Portugal, designed by Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira (and not his father, architect Alvaro Siza Vieira.) Building on the ”houses of stairs’ genre (like Casa Malaparte), Casa Tolo is built into a steep hillside with the exterior formed primarily of a series of staircases. I not only admire the distinctive form, but I am also a real fan of this type of concrete Modern (maybe even Brutalist?) architecture.
In all honestly, though, the best part is that you arrive at this house at the top which at first appears to be small concrete platform. The series of staircase are a hidden secret which gives the whole place a real secret hideout feel.
*All photographs by Fernando Guerra.