Refurbish an abandoned XIX century bourgeois house and convert it into a set of 5 apartments

Refurbish an abandoned XIX century bourgeois house and convert it into a set of 5 apartments

Architects: PF Architecture Studio
Location: Porto, Portugal
Year: 2016
Area: 4.951 ft²/ 460 m²
Photo courtesy: João Morgado
Description:

“Oporto has been suffering radical cultural and social changes in the last ten years, leading to a large revitalization dynamic that has expanded beyond the city center. Driven by this movement, we were invited to refurbish an abandoned XIX century bourgeois house and convert it into a set of 5 apartments.

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D. João IV project is a pragmatic response to the program requirements, where the pre-existence served as a guide for a dialogue between different timelines. A simple principle: re-inhabit respecting the building’s concept and character.

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The project preserves the main elements of the house, such as its construction system and spatial organization, introducing only the necessary infrastructures, like kitchens and bathrooms.

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Our design intended to merge all the interventions that the house has suffered in his lifetime, providing it with an unified image that denies any design statement intention.

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D. João IV house was build 120 years ago and will hopefully the inhabited for another 120.”

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