The purpose was to renovate an apartment in the historical centre of Lisbon, Lapa, in a building from 1890, weakened by the years and by the stories that time has imprinted in this Pombalino structure.
The real challenge would be to enhance the lightness that crosses the dwelling, light that the spaces’ compartmentalization apparently suffocates.
It was urgent to find an answer to a structural intervention. As the social area was defragmented and became an opened area, the supporting wall – separating element of the new living area from the dining area – was enhanced, the “Saint Andrew’s cross” was restored, piece of art and structure that has always existed assuming great presence in the house.
According to the spatial organization, the proposal introduces a second toilet that also serves the social area of the house. The kitchen has been rethought in its organization and materiality, taking the hydraulic mosaic pattern as the spotlight, such unique Portuguese element, which assumes prominence in the neutral picture facing this space. The suite of the house serves up a new dressing room which in turn communicates directly with a private bathroom in a game of form and color that surprises along the path.
The contrast between old and new in the dwelling introduces two moments in its story, the Pombalino and Today.
The apartment won a prize in 2014 – SIL Real Estate – concerning dwelling refurbishment.
Type: Apartment. Renovation.
Gross area: 100m2
Construction: Diava Construção e Reabilitação Lda.
Photography: João Morgado – Architectural Photography
VSS ARQ | 2021