The project for this historic building, in the city center, consists of three different moments: restoring, reconstructing and extending the existing ruin. In this process, the 900 sq. meters romantic panoramic garden, currently neglected, will be brought to light.
Our approach started from a careful reading of existing qualities and specificity, in order to preserve and use them as sparks for the project. The main building will restore its former use: housing. The addition of a new story seeks to consolidate its eastern façade, in continuity with the neighbor building, while increasing density. The new structure will be made out of timber, and the building will be cladded in azulejos and light grey render. The new studio-apartment defines two areas in the garden: a courtyard for those who live here, served by a private garden and a romantic garden as the outside space of the studio-apartment. Its form relates to the scale of these two outdoor areas, creating a simple yet surprising internal space for events, recalling tradition but being modern at the same time.
The project searches for a new unity, where old and new are not read in contrast but rather as the merging of preexisting qualities and new sober and quite additions. New will not be immediately perceived as new; old will be restored without loosing its old glamour; new and old will no longer be new and old, only a careful eye will have the pleasure to discover.
Vertical structure: existing bearing walls in granite
Horizontal structure: new slabs out of prefab timber construction
WALLS AND ROOFS
Roof: traditional ceramic tiles
External walls and roof are thermically insulated
Walls between apartments acoustically insulated
70mm acoustic layer between floors
Interior walls finishing: painted render, portuguese traditional tiles (azulejos) and painted MDF boiserie
Ground floor: granite pavement
Apartments common areas and rooms: chestnut wood pavement
Apartments toilets: microcement pavement
Common areas and rooms: timber construction
Courtyard pavement: existing and restored granite stones
Other external pavements: granite cubes, granite stones, lawn.