Portuguese practice FVArquitectos has completed ‘house in banzão II’, a single family residence located in pinhal do banzão, colares, portugal. this low profile dwelling is situated amid and framed by a grove of mature trees. The striking plaster facade produces a crisply defined volume contrasting the abundant textured foliage of the pine needles. Bold recessed openings are accented with sturdy single hinged timber shutters which may be swung shut to completely enclose the home. An open slat pergola which extends from the facade encourages guests to turn the corner and discover the main entrance. The main living space introduces the rustic materials into the interior with horizontal wooden shades which slide along a concealed vertical track. an enclosed open air courtyard provides opportunities for ventilation into the innermost rooms. Positioned within a corner is an understated outdoor pool is recessed into a terrace composed from parallel planks.