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This renovation project is based on a typical apartment, located in a corner building, in the Bairro de Arroios in Lisbon. In terms of functionality, the apartment was divided into several spaces that could function as bedrooms, living room or dining area, a feature that is very common in this type of apartment. The project aims to renovate the apartment, without losing its identity and without jeopardizing the contemporary experience and the improvement of the technical characteristics. For this, we wanted, as a first step, to clearly separate the social area from the private one and reduce the length of the corridor, which was very disproportionate.
entering the apartment, the person is confronted with the pre-existence (social area) and the intervention (private area) and, in a natural and unconscious way, is directed to go to the social area. The existing and restored doors to the social area contrast with the proposed pine covering, which hides the doors to the private area and makes part of the corridor more intimate and private. In terms of materiality, the proposal was based on a homogenization of spaces and on reinforcing the identity of this type of apartments, by proposing typical materials of the time, such as wooden flooring, Lioz stone and handmade tile. All the floors, both wooden and stone, are designed the same way and aligned and the wooden floor contaminates the carpentry of the wall, in a subliminal evocation of the old carpentry. In terms of space configuration, it was proposed to open the living room to the dining room through an open fireplace, this fireplace rests on a stone bench that on the living room side serves as a bench and on the dining room side it serves as a base to the crockery. The fireplace thus allows a poetic connection between the two spaces.
LOCATION . Lisbon, Portugal
CONCLUDED . 2021
CONSTRUCTION AREA . 130m2
ARCHITECTURE . Manuel Cachão Tojal
ARCHITECTURE TEAM . Paul Marques, Liliana Nóbrega
MAIN CONTRACTOR . Betalist
PHOTOGRAPHY . Francisco Nogueira
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