Located in Alcântara, the apartment – occupying the first and last floor of a popular residential building – was almost in ruins. The intervention’s main goal was to make the house habitable taking the utmost advantage of its structure and typology, with a budget of 15.000,00 Euros. In the common areas the ceiling was removed – which separated the house from the attic – thus increasing its height, However, the ceiling was preserved in the other rooms, common areas and in the sanitary installation, and a mezzanine was created in the available area. The house’s only new element is the closet located in the kitchen and household appliances: refrigerator, washing machine and stove in the dining area. Construction systems and basic finishing materials were employed and existing elements were recovered. Thus the house’s original character was preserved and the initial goal was achieved: an intervention with a low budget. The previously occupied space was recovered with a sanitary installation, the opening of a step well and a new balcony facing the patio to the west.
LOCATION RUA GILBERTO ROLA, 43, LISBON, PORTUGAL
GROSS FLOOR AREA 62 m2
ARCHITECTURE JOSÉ ADRIÃO – PRINCIPAL
JOÃO MATOS – PROJECT MANAGER
GENERAL CONTRACTOR JOÃO LUCAS
PHOTOGRAPHY CATARINA BOTELHO