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Selfcomitioned

Project timeline

2017 – 2018

Type

Private House

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Rua do Gerês 11
4050-286 Porto
Portugal

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Team

Project team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Costanza Favero, Rute Peixoto, Lera Samovich, Elisa Sassi, Joana Sendas, Paulo Sousa; landscape Pomo; contractor: Engilaco lda

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Fala

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315m²

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February 07th, 2020

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Porto, Portugal
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The old building is hidden in the city centre. It has three levels, three entrance doors and a distorted outline. Each floor suggests a different spatial logic but shares the same language, the same materiality and the same set of banal elements.

The ground floor is an open plan atelier connected to the garden. The first floor has a studio apartment with a unique white-and-pink-striped door. The last level is taken by the bigger apartment where six rooms are carefully organised around a tall central hall. All the interior spaces are white with a few exposed concrete elements and a couple of exceptional moments. The doors are lacquered in glossy white with exposed plywood frames. The soft chess pattern of the blue terrazzo floor doesn’t match the walls and binds all the levels.

The house has only two elevations. The original front façade was unbalanced and slightly curved. It is re-structured: the three doors get a strong colour, one window disappears, a marble circle is introduced and the tall hat becomes visible from afar. The back façade is rebuilt. The proportion is very different from the front one, taller and narrower. A clear hierarchy reflects the program distribution. It begins with the thin round freestanding column. The pink door contrasts with the large opening and four identical windows suggest a domestic use in the upper levels. The white-painted concrete wall flies above the fragile glazed surface. The circle disturbs its symmetry and finishes the figure.

Living and working in the same building is a delicate convenience. Each level of the building is an independent field of experimentation where the main common thread is a certain sense of joy.

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