OODA 227 Flat suspended hammock

Not for the acrophobic (those afraid of heights), this gorgeous redesigned flat in Porto, Portugal is a haven of relaxation. It was revamped by architectural group OODA, who decided that the home’s natural light should be used to create a spectacular, incomparable getaway with an awesome central feature: a suspended hammock.

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OODA 227 Flat suspended hammock terrace

They achieved this by stretching netting over the home’s staircase, effectively using a bit of space that is ordinarily both overlooked and wasted. The open staircase design was the perfect setting for a daring feature like this thanks to the home’s magnificent sea-view terrace. The glass terrace doors let in the kind of natural light that just begs to be lounged in for long hours.

OODA 227 Flat suspended hammock over stairs

Big enough for two, the hammock offers the perfect space for reading, listening to music or simply watching the clouds roll by with someone special. The suspended net brings to life a surprising space that was likely never even considered usable before.

OODA 227 Flat suspended hammock from above

In reality, the architects simply pointed out the wasted space’s potential and made a slight tweak that changed the home’s entire environment. The two-story apartment underwent a total transformation from dated and dark to modern and stunning…with a surprising bit of fun in the form of the over-stairway seating.

OODA 227 Flat suspended hammock natural light

More from the architects

“In a place nearby the sea in Porto, we had the chance to design a complete transformation of a two storey apartment. It was our intention to play with the light that strongly flows into the apartment merging it with new program needs. The relation between voids, volumes and the function among then was the prime project drive aiming to create fine detailing while suggesting new surprising spaces and features to be used and lived in a daily basis.”

OODA 227 Flat suspended hammock hallway

About OODA

We are a team of over 40 collaborators from different nationalities working on a wide range of projects with different scales and programs, from singular houses to large scale residential buildings and hotels, institutional buildings to masterplans. Established in 2010, OODA came about as a result of the reunion between Diogo Brito and Rodrigo Vilas-Boas. Francisco Lencastre joined the office in 2011, initially based in the historical city centre of Porto. In 2018 João Jesus and Julião Pinto Leite joined to expand OODA to five partners.”