Renovation Apartment, Porto Residence, Residential Interior Project, Architecture Photography
Renovation Apartment in Porto
Rehabilitation Building Project in Portugal – design by Cubículo Arquitectos
24 Jan 2018
Design: Cubículo Arquitectos
Location: Porto, Portugal
Photos: Jose Campos Architectural Photographer
An apartment located in the 1st floor of a multi-family housing block representative of the modernist architecture of the 50’s in the city of Porto. Exaggeratedly subdivided, disproportionately dimensioned, and functionally inadequate for nowadays, this space needed an organizational readjustment. Furthermore, it was clear an overlapping of constructive layers (pavements, coverings, ceilings and window frames), that disfigured the space asking for a depuration work.
The space had two elements that seemed important to reclaim: The first element was a structural mesh of tall beams apparently misadjusted with the interior organization, consequence of the unusual typological distribution of the building (with apartments of larger areas in the first floor and smaller áreas in the 4 floors above).
The second element that was materially and formally worthy of preservation is the pine wood floor parquet in a herringbone pattern – some parts covered with new pavements, other parts completely replaced.
In a first phase, the space was reorganized and redimensioned: We totally reconfigured the kitchen and bathrooms; general layouts were completely redefined – in the social area we created a wider space where before stood four divisions, and in private area we defined a master bedromm with bathroom and two secondary ones.
In a second phase – more empirical and in result of the demolitions – we clarified the intervention in correlation with the beams layout, whether released and disconnected from them, evoking the pre-existing compartiments, or guided by them in their new redistribution. We defined a stereotomy for the parquet floor that embraces the upper structural lines, intercalating old and new wood.
We designed carpentries (closets and doors) altimetrically guided by the beams, sometimes projected and allowing natural light entrance in the interior compartments, other times duly respecting the dominant alignments. Finally, we introduced some dynamic in the closets through some small gestores, like misaligned doors, customized knobs or punctual truncations, in order to create shelves, reading areas and interior windows.
Photographs: Jose Campos Architectural Photographer
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