Apartment Saldanha by Tiago Patrício Rodrigues

A space of time and memories. A T6 “Belle Epoque” Apartment, which still breathes much of Pombalin typology. Target of some careless interventions, is searching for its initial memory along with a new contemporary living. This is the moIo of an intervention that should be “surgical” in order to preserve the essence of space and materiality, while bringing the house to contemporary times, through a new typology, where functionalities transmit the current way of living and also a new spatial fluidity, explored through the maximization of pre–‐existing symmetries. The different times and memories extend the space to the furniture and objects, which came mainly from several generations of the owner’s family, having been subjected to a rigorous selection, which aims to combine them with pieces of design history, with roots in the 50s and 60s of the twentieth century, in order to create an eclectic combination which offers an environment that breathes a contemporary sense of romanticism.

Living room: On the couch, yellow Burel cushions and cushions made `from silk scarves Jim Thompson. Above, set of 3 round colorful mirrors from the 70s. Weaver rugs from Alentejo made in the70s. Rustic bench from the grandparents owner’s farm, on which is a lamp with three vintage yellow globes. Vintage armchairs in mustard yellow corduroy, 60s side table in Rosewood, and Oioman White, Charles Eames, all of Pura Cal. On the wall, a set of Portuguese dishes of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from the collection of an uncle. On the shelf, several small family objects. Tulip dining table and chair Womb, both Eero Saarinen and a set of vintage chairs from the 50’s in Mutene wood, all of PuraCal. Verner Panton lamp, on the 70s side table.

Dining Room: On the corridor, two small rococo mirrors. 50s German Oval dining table, and 60s Teak chairs from Portuguese factory Olaio, on Pura Cal. Carpet from the beginning of the XX century and tapestry of Castelo Branco, both from family. Poster with photography of abandoned shop, Doc Lisboa 2011. As a mention of the Belle Époque period, golden wall and ceiling whit indirect lighting and Portuguese swallows from Bordalo Pinheiro factory.

Suite: As bedside tables, rosewood Romantic chairs. On the bed, pillows and duvet cover of Paris em Lisboa store, blanket in wool lamb, family collection. Frame with collage, “Golden Era” by Tiago Patrício Rodrigues, and ‘70s small golden frame, unknown author. Pending Lamp from the 40s in glass tubes and beads, found in a street market. “Shell” chair by Hans Wegner in Pura Cal, and Mongolia’s wool cushion from Zara Home. Raw linen curtains from Aldeco Fabrics.

WC: as countertop sink, a brown cabinet with an Azulino Cascais stone, from the grandparents’ home. White tiles from Recer, Bellavista toilets, Ofa taps and black hydraulic tiled floor from “Fábrica Zagalo”.

Kitchen: Floor in shades of green, in hydraulic mosaic with boxes motif in custom–‐made at “Fábrica Zagalo”. Green lacquered furniture and the traditional stone from Lisbon, named “Lioz” as countertop and wall. 50s kitchen table, recovered by Pura Cal and original Thonet chairs from the beginning of the twentieth century. Rustic cupboard from family and crockery from Vista Alegre and Bordalo Pinheiro factories.

Memories Rehabilitation + interiors: Architect Tiago Patrício Rodrigues
Photography: Marlene Oliveira

source: tiagopatriciorodrigues.com

Bo Zen Bar by Central Arquitectos

The challenge proposed was to design a Bar located in a preexisting building whose concept was to create a space with the characteristics of a private living room.

The project explores the creation of a noble and refined place with a strong oriental inspiration. A mixture of noble materials such as marble, wood and gilt metal combined with a palette of warm colors and textured fabrics offers a cozy and comfortable ambient. A monumental hall marks the entrance with a contemporary style and leads to the living room of the bar.

The use of mirrors reflects the ceiling´s delicate decorative and other architectural details of the interior environment. The design of the ceiling comes from a reinterpretation of an oriental motif, standardized by a module that materializes a delicate mesh strongly emphasized by indirect lighting application.

The lighting has been designed to reflect and accentuate the elegance of the space. The bar space transports you to a warm environment where a fascinating blend of traditional and contemporary evocative elements lead the client to a private living room.

Architecture: Central Arquitectos
Location: Av. D. João II, Braga – Portugal
Client: Bô Zen
Finished: 2012
Area: 465 sqm
Photography: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography

Eco-Resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas [video]

The new eco-resort of Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Portugal, consists of a set of seven small houses in perfect harmony with the surrounding outstanding nature.

Designed in a modular prefabrication system but flexible to adapt to the specific places within the park, these houses result in several different combinations of the same three modules (entrance/bathing – living – sleeping) creating different morphologies and different dialogues with the surrounding nature, wisely occupying the empty spaces between the trunks oflarge trees and, at the same time, allowing each home to be unique, special and worth visiting.

The pitched roofs that caracterize the intervention redefine the contours of the park boundary and result, within the houses in comfortable but dynamic spaces.

The vain corner contradicts the structural logic of the house but creates the ilusion that the park is inside the house framing living nature pictures.

The outer coating in slate tile reffers to the local construction traditions and the slatted wood used when there is a balcony creates the perfect resting spaces.

Location: Parque de Pedras Salgadas, Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
Completion: 2012
Typology: seven dwellings for eco-resort
Architects: Luís Rebelo de Andrade (www.rebelodeandrade.com) + Diogo Aguiar (www.diogoaguiar.com)
Collaborators team: Madalena Andrade, Raquel Jorge
Client: Unicer
Construction: Modular System
Client: Unicer
Photos: ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio (http://www.ivotavares.net)
Video: Archmov (http://www.archmov.com)

Dental clinic by Paulo Merlini

The uncommon form, narrowness, vertical amplitude of the space and the two big glass façades placed on the main and back façade defined mainly the organization of the spaces.

The reception and waiting room it’s characterized by a big white box that floats in the air playing with the vertical amplitude of the space. The interior of the box mimetizes the idea of being under a roof, giving the user a familiar sensation of comfort, and helping I’m to calm down before the treatment. From the “roof” a series of lamps float in the air, filling the space with light.

The floating box stops the excessive light and consequent heat, coming from the main facade by the end of the day, on the other hand her big mass pushes the rest of the working spaces to the back façade. This receives a great sky light, with the ideal conditions for working. Under the stair a mirror wall creates the illusion of a broadest space solving the narrowing sensation that one could feel on entering the room.

A very thin and elegant stair guides us to a resting/waiting room on the upper floor. Where we can find a window placed at feet level, this creates a strong visual relation with the ground floor letting us have a glance at the lamps from above. From the entrance perspective the window is a very important element, because it leads the eyes of the observer into a diagonal position. This movement of the head reinforces the importance of the box ceiling, and on the other hand brakes with the enclosure of the box giving the user the real notion of the all space.

On the stomatology room the user is placed facing a vegetation curtain. The idea is to create a distraction based on the movement of the leaves so that the patient can focus on something else than the treatment itself, hopefully diminishing any unpleasant sensation caused by it.

Project designation: Dental clinic

Architecture: Paulo Merlini, Architect

Client: Clinova

Site of the building:
Rua Dr. José Luís Araújo, Nº 74
C.P._4435-154 Rio Tinto

Completion date: 05/ 2012

Montevideu House by Barbosa & Guimarães

In 1937, in Montevideu Avenue, one of the great arteries of the city’s seafront, the Architect José Porto, influenced by the modern movement and the rationalism of Le Corbusier, projected José Prata de Lima house. The house, with a purist language, assumed a constrast with the excessive nobility of the neighboring buildings, mostly houses inspired in brasilian mansions.

Unfortunately, in the date that we started this project, the house, result of several owners and uses, that hosted the last 70 years, has undergone significant changes, that didn’t dignify the original work. In a new phase of its “life”, with a new owner and especially, with a city that has been transformed in these past 70 years, the intervention seeks to reinstate the essence behind the project of José Porto, enhancing the image and purist language that the building supports. The shape and the façades remain, the dissonant elements that were added later are demolished, gearing up the house, as in his original design, towards the light and the sea. The house is reorganized in the three existing floors, bedrooms on the upper floor, living room, dining room and kitchen on the entrance floor and a second living area and other services on the basement. A set of three courtyards will enlight the new spaces created in the basement. The used materials are referred to the ones that José Porto used in the original design, from the traditional portuguese architecture, with wooden flooring, masonary and stucco ceilings and water areas in natural stones.

project: 2007 – 2009
construction: 2009 – 2011
architecture: barbosa & guimarães, josé antónio barbosa, pedro lopes guimarães
co-workers: raul pereira, ana campante, paulo lima, filipe secca, eunice lopes, daniela teixeira, mafalda santiago
construction company: nve engenharias s.a.; combitur – construções imobiliárias e turísticas s.a.
site supervision: ergo – arquitectura e engenharia associadas lda – tiago guimarães
Photographer: Marcos Oliveira

source: marcosoliveirafotografia.com, barbosa-guimaraes.com

Red Brick House by Pedro Fonseca Jorge

The site was the starting point of this project, as it was once a place where land was extracted. That created an abnormal landscape with practically no vegetation and a ‘depression’ that interrupted the normal fluidity of the site.

Therefore, the main purpose of the house was to ‘heal’ the site’s wounds, trough a wall that would unite the terrain’s original shape. That separated the house in two levels, with the shared spaces above, where the entrance was made (from the highest point of the plot). That made possible for the lounge, office, kitchen and patios to share the view to the horizon over the three tops in front. As for the bedrooms, the benefited the more enclosed space of the lower lever where trees acted as a limit. Also, they ‘offer’ the outdoor space to the rooms above, with their gardened roof.

As for the shape, breaking down the house in small volumes makes a reference to the region’s traditional houses, an evolutionary type who was started with a volume similar to the one at the entrance of the house: rectangular with a double slope roof. As for the material, unusual in the context, they where may private playground.

source: pfj-arq.blogspot.com

House in Aroeira by Aires Mateus & Associados

Aires Mateus & Associados is an architectonic office from Lisabon that designed a house in Aroeira, Portugal. What makes the building special? It captivates attention by its capricious shape – bent into a hexagon enclosing a green atrium accessible through the one missing side. The fluid lines of the inner walls surrounding the atrium contrast the interior disposition that is divided into sharper spaces.

However a harmonic relationship of the interior with the outside world is estabilished by large windows. Both the facade and interior are completely white. The house was completed in 2010 with its yardage of 900 m² belongs to the spatiously comfortable houses.

photos: myinteriordesign.us

House in Mexilhoeira-Grande by Marco Arraiolos

The house, with a required implementation polygon defined in a development plan, is inserted in a batch of reduced dimensions, with southern exposure and views over the river mouth of the estuary of Alvor.

The project inverts the logic of immediate social/private, being the occupation at ground level, of the total area of deployment, made with private and service areas – bedrooms, bathroom and laundry. On this foundation rests a top floor with sloping roof, retreated to the south, resulting in a terrace that develops along the whole facade. On this floor are the social areas – living room, dining room and kitchen, taking advantage of the exposure and the outdoor area in terrace, sheltered by the very construction from the prevailing winds from the north.

The sloping roof, white, of single water and with a finish as the walls, allows a partial occupation at floor level 2 and gives a mono materic character to the built.

Slightly changing the dimensions of predefined threshold and fence, sought to a minimal intervention on the existing topography. The retreat to the south “undoes” the volume and allows it to track the slope where it inserts, minimizing the impact of the construction and while seeking a certain recollection and privacy of who inhabits the south terrace, from the street main access to the north.

Architecture: Marco Arraiolos
Location: Mexilhoeira-Grande, Portimão, Portugal
Date: 2011
Photography: João Morgado


La Bohème bar by AVA Architects

The Bar La Boheme is the work of the minds of Portugal-based AVA Architects and can be found on Galeria de Paris in Porto, Portugal. The bar occupies the basement, first floor and mezzanine in a town house in historical part of Porto and was intended to create a new identity of this space. To achieve this effect, walls and ceilings in all three levels were lined in wooden construcion, which defines individual spaces and integrates them together in a meaningful way.

Walls and ceilings between the individual wooden frames were painted black and create a pleasing harmony with the wooden furniture enhanced by black textile fabric. The bar-counter is situated in the entry floor with the largest construction range, with access to the basement showcasing the finest wine or to the mezzanine with further seating spaces. The facade of the house is cased in granite with wooden window and door frames.

photo: arch-times.com

MIMA House by MIMA Architects

Portugese group MIMA Architects introduced a prototype of a prefab house by the same name as the company, which was completed in 2011. The first MIMA house can be seen on the north of Portugal in Viana do Castelo. For several years, the authors researched the possibilities of architecture to adapt and respond to the fast paced contemporary lifestyle. They have found a strong source of inspiration in Japanese architecture, a perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort and pleasing lines. A result of their research is a house, which utilizes all of the benefits of prefabricated constructions, mainly – it is produced fast for a relatively low price.

The project uses standardized construction parts. The outer facade is entirely transparent. The 1.5 m x 3 m large glass panels can, however be covered by plywood panels with various surfacing or color finishes, which gives the inhabitants more flexibility and means of customizing their home. The interior consists of an open space on a 1.5 m x 1.5 m grid, which can also be be customized and structured by plywood panels in order to fill the needs of the inhabitatnts.

photo: homedsgd.com

Reorganization of Pombal Castle’s Hill by Comoco

In the last decades, the Pombal castle, located in the coastal town of Pombal, Portugal, was secluded from the bustling town centre lying at its feet. The aim of a project initiated by the town municipality, was to reorganize the castle hill in a way to reignite its attractiveness and turn it into a centre of activity in this area once again. Authors of this project are the portugese studio Comoco. They developed a detailed program in collaboration with the local politicians, technicians, architects and citizens, that had the possibility of voicing their opinions and suggestions since the initial stages of the development. The basic concept of the project was the improvement of the connections between the urban areas at the bottom of the hill, the hill itself and the walled precinct.

The project is also meant to highlight the castle as a characteristic trait of the town and to provide it with services for the visitors, such as cafés, comfortable and safe walkways and parking places. The design defines three main areas of improvement, each with individual characteristics. The first one – southern and western hillside, is focused on the idea of flow. The second – surrounded by a cemetery, deals with a topographical proposal of infrastructure and the third area – delimited by the precinct wall, emphasizes the Pombal castle as the main structure in this area.

photos: blog.naver.com

Marquesa de Alorna school

The existing Marquesa de Alorna School, designed by architect José Sobral Blanco in 1956, was one of the 50 schools built in Portugal according to the type promoted by the Construction Board for Secondary and Technical Education in the 1950’s. Like many of these schools, it had two main bodies, one containing the academic and administrative areas, the other containing the gym and cafeteria. The two bodies were linked by the main atrium of the school and the covered playground.

In this instance, the set defined a patio surrounded by an amphitheatre-shaped slope with woods, the result from an excavation on the hillside to build the original school. The beauty of the patio has since been disfigured, as the covered playground was closed, cutting the visual relationship between the patio and the city, and as the slope was largely destroyed in order to allow the construction of a parking building owned by a bank.

As part of the “School Modernization Program” of the Parque Escolar, our project provides for two types of intervention, namely:

A) in the existing building, the atrium, corridors and stairs, generously proportioned with its floor and wainscots in hydraulic mosaic; the exterior walls in painted plaster; the window frames in painted wood and the roof in flat tiles are restored. The existing classrooms receive new elements to bring more comfort – a suspended ceiling, a window blind, a wall;

B) on the other hand, three new bodies are added to the set:
1) a tower with the new laboratories and drawing rooms , west of the existing wing containing the classrooms;
2) a body, designed as a bridge, with the library, links the existing body that contains the gym and the cafeteria to the classrooms. Under this bridge, a covered playground, designed as an outdoor hypostyle room and relating directly to the students room, restore the original visual continuity between the main atrium and the patio of the school;
3) a semi-buried body of spas under the sports field which is protected by a plant structure that partly recovers the green screen earlier realized by the woods.

Given a school in which the diversity of spaces and situations was increasingly reduced throughout its history, a sentence of João dos Santos served as a greater stimulus for the project: “If you do not have a village, my son, you have to go in search of it! A boy can not live without his village.”

Location: Lisbon
Project year: 2007-2008
Construction year: 2008-2010

Architect: José Neves
Colaborators: Rui Sousa Pinto, André Matos, Bernardo Enes Dias, Filipe Cameira, Hugo Ferreira, Nuno Florêncio, Vitor Quaresma; João Pernão, Maria Capelo (colour consultants)
Landscape Architecture: Proap
Engineering: Betar, Joule, Natural Works

Photographs: Laura Castro Caldas & Paulo Cintra; João Dias

Client: Parque Escolar

GoogleMaps coordinates: 38.734904,-9.158971
GPS coordinates: 38º 44.082’ N; 9º 9.550’ O

source: joseneves.net

Tree of Life Chapel by Cerejeira Fontes

Architects of portugese office Cerejeira Fontes executed a project of a chapel for a clergy school in the historical town of Braga in northern Portugal. The main idea was to connect the chapel with spaces of the St. Jacob’s centre. The volume of the chapel was integrated into the vestibule of the centre, whose neutral concrete walls allowed the new element to stand out. The mass of the chapel is made of wooden beams stacked onto each other, creating gaps that may also serve as storage compartments.

Transparency of the mass optically expands the interior of the chapel and allows bypassers to peer inside. Entrance to the chapel is found in one of its corners, where it opens up a complex shaped inner space. The wooden construction necks down with rising height and the top is left unsealed. This allows the visitors in the mezzanine above, to see into the chapel.

photos: bracarae.com

polikatoikea | origami ideas competition

Polikatoikea, by the designers Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares, is the winning project of an open-ideas competition for an unique housing proposal, organized by Origami Competitions. The aim of the competition was to provide a thoughtful housing use of the vacant lots of Porto in Portugal. Concept of this project combines a greek rule (polikatoika) and the swedish philosophy (ikea). In the design, this combination manifests itself by the use of simple and easily constructed platforms, upon which the residents can place their prefabricated POD houses that provide everything necessary on a small space. These POD homes offer space for a bed, storage, a kitchen a bathroom, and are located on a private platform, resembling a traditional house with a garden. The rest of the platform space is regarded as an outdoor living space, while offering views of the city. Portugese climate is favorable to these outside spaces, so only small areas of sheltered interior are needed.


House in Alcobaça by Topos Atelier de Arquitectura

An unique family house was created in 2011 as a result of a cooperation of Sofia Lima, Michael Ferreira and a team from Topos Atelier de Arquitectura, consisting of Jean Pierre Porcher, Margarida Oliveira and Albino Freitas. This project achieves its full potential in the warm climate of Alcobaça, Portugal. The authors’ work, usually recognized by its form simplicity and mass folding was this time focused on creating an functional home, fully integrated into its environment. The clients themselves were amazed by the nature around, therefore the architects strived to minimize their ecological footprint. The residential area of the house is 270 m² – entirely on one floor. The house has a quite simplistic layout and is semi-embedded into the terrain with a rectangular floor projection. The entrance and the garage point towards north-east. The facades are closed from this side, in contrast to the south-western facade, which opens completely to the magnificent views of the surrounding nature. The central room – a living room with an adjoined kitchen is connected with the rest of the rooms by a corridor.

photos: homedsgn.com

The Meltino Café, LOFF

The Meltino café is located in historical town Braga in the north of Portugal and features an interesting type of space for a café. Architects from the LOFF studio designed an open modern place, where they used an abstracted coffee bean as the main idea. In this project, the coffee beans are turned into geometrical symbols cut into the walls and ceiling to allow the light into the interior. Two volumes were created thus defining three spaces with diverse purposes, encouraging the use of different sets of furniture in each of them. The first volume serves as a lounge, in which guests can enjoy their beverages in a pleasant environment, while the second operates as a bar, preparing and selling coffee to take away. To create these volumes the LOFF crew used six plywood panels with MDF coating painted white with the coffee bean symbols cuts in different sizes.

Source and photo: www.chictip.com

Municipal Theater of Guarda by AVA Architects

This municipal theater is situated in Guarda, in a rural part of Portugal. The buildings are located in the central part of the city, south of the historical centre. The site is contiguous with the close-knit urban fabric but does not share a direct relationship with the surrounding public space. The new buildings have been designed for this very particular spot.

The complex is composed of two autonomous and differentiated buildings, imposing a certain formal autonomy on them. The whole complex is very puristic, with the emphasis on the contrast of materials. Enamelled glass next to wood or metal, the trend used in the interior but also exterior. The facade is dominated by glass-fibre, concrete panels, glass and granite. The objective was to create various forms and spaces which will persuade and attract visitors.

photos: ava-architects.com

House in Macinhata by Nuno Brandao Costa

Owner of this house came to see the Portuguese architect Nuno Brandao Costa having a very clear idea of his new residence. His long-term dream has been to admire a sea view sitting in living-room. The location was high and steep, but it was still possible to meet his idea. It was not simple though. A house with rising volume was built, number of blocks rotated differently with a living-room on the top, viewing at the sea. Concept of the building is neat and elegant style, various materials of contrasting colours were used. The windows are unusually large opened to every direction. House faces everywhere. Pleasant atmosphere of the countryside is complete with a large pool which is extending the house line.

photos: archnewhome.com