This project is about the rehabilitation of a building with original construction dated from the end of the 19th century, with 4 floors and inserted in a plot with 176.80sqm.
Architecture: Alberto Dias Ribeiro
Collaboration (previous study phase): Ana Fareleira
Year: 2013 – 2017
Location: Porto, Portugal
Client: Private Investors
Process Management: AZU
General Contractor: Paulo Bessa, Lda
Project Type: Rehabilitation
Photography: Al.Ma Fotografia | Alexandra Marques
In a two-family genesis building, it was intended to install a multifamily program consisting of 6 studios and respective storage in the basement.
The building, kept in its structural and functional skeleton, has in the original staircase a prominent element. From the entry floor to the ground floor was created a new ladder to replace an inoperable one.
Due to the asymmetrical positioning of the original staircase, which was intended to be maintained, the remaining spaces of the interior demolitions, all of them different, led to solutions of apartments all of them equally distinct but with common standards. Thus, in the apartments with higher ceilings one was introduced a mezzanine leaning on an open space; in others, an “island” solution was tried which divides a social and private area of the apartment without enclosing the spaces allowing the desired spatial and luminous fluidity. The apartments on the ground floor and the upper floor have characteristics that make them equally different, as far as the organization of space is concerned.
The number of materials, colors and textures was purposely reduced, in the case of relatively small spaces, the objective was to maximize the luminosity and simplicity of spaces, so that they will be ready to receive the objects and “things” of future users.
Architect Alberto Dias Ribeiro
A2OFFICE is a multidisciplinary studio of architecture and design headquartered in Vila do Conde, Porto, Portugal and is formed by a team of professionals dedicated to the study and development of projects in this areas.