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Português Suave Building Renovation

Accommodating current family needs at Português Suave building. This is our first intervention on a Português Suave building – the distinctive architectural style of the dictatorship. In this case, a house built in the 1940s that should be updated to accommodate a family of our time. The house was practically intact and, if it is true that its language reveals a political ideology and a set of aspirations that are now consensually condemned, it is nonetheless very well built, fruit of an effective design and a skilful use of available resources.

A time and emotional distance to the context in which the house emerged allowed us to look at it without a sense of retaliation or glorification, but rather as ready-to-use material, to the individual measure of desire and need. The spatial composition of the house and its language – a fabricated ethnography – are accepted as such. The new walls, windows, doors and fittings are recognizably new but do not establish a dialectical relationship with the original elements: rather a peaceful and silent coexistence.

On the ground floor, a succession of small mono-functional spaces around the entrance hall – office, living room, dining room and kitchen – are united in a single multi-functional space crossed by natural light and views of the garden. In the upper floors, intimate spaces undergo minor changes to achieve the same spatial and material dignity of social spaces below.

Among these spaces the most substantial change took place in the attic, where the maids room became the master bedroom, arranged around a large lantern that houses bath spaces. We had already explored the idea of a space as a sensitive device to capture light and the passage of time in DG I, although here the light appears more autonomous and absolute.

PROJECT FILE

Project Name: RE

Project Location: Lisbon, Portugal

Site Area: 432 m2

Built Area: 400 m2

Project Completion: 2016

Project by: Camarim

Project Architects: Vasco Correia, Patrícia Sousa

Collaborators: Sebastien Alfaiate, Joana Ramos

COPYRIGHT

Project: Camarim

Photos: Nelson Garrido

LINKS

Website: www.camarim.pt/en

MATERIALS

Structure: wood and steel

Interior Finishings: solid pinewood flooring, translucent glass

CAMARIM

Camarim was founded by Vasco Matias Correia and Patrícia Ferreira de Sousa in 2007.

Their designs encompass a wide range of briefs, budgets and scales, on new buildings, existing buildings and product design.

Their work is published in magazines, books and documentaries from America to Asia and has been the subject of academic studies in Australia, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland, among others.

They received the Häuser Award* in 2018, the Ibero-American Award for Architecture and Urbanism** and the 40 Under 40 distinction by the Chicago Athenaeum in 2016, the Baku Architecture Award in 2015, the A.Prize** and the ASCER Award in 2014, among others.

VASCO MATIAS CORREIA

Born in Lisbon in 1978, he earns his Diploma in Architecture by the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa in 2003.

From 2003 to 2006 he collaborates with Stéphane Beel Architecten, in Ghent, and from 2006 to 2007 he collaborates with Norman Foster, in London.

In 2007 he founds Camarim with Patrícia Ferreira de Sousa.

In 2015 he is a consultant to the HIDA government agency, in Japan.

Since 2015 he has been a lecturer and guest critic in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, including the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de València.

PATRÍCIA FERREIRA DE SOUSA

Born in Lisbon in 1978, she earns her Diploma in Architecture by the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade de Lisboa in 2003.

From 2003 to 2006 she collaborates with Stéphane Beel Architecten, in Ghent, and from 2006 to 2007 she collaborates with Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, in London.

In 2007 she founds Camarim with Vasco Matias Correia.

Since 2015 she has been a lecturer and guest critic in Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, including the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid and the Escola Tècnica Superior d’Arquitectura de València.

Vasco Matias Correia and Patrícia Ferreira de Sousa

LINKS

Website: www.camarim.pt/en

Camarim Profile: www.camarim.pt/perfil/en

Extended CVs: www.camarim.pt/perfil/equipa/en

List of Publications: www.camarim.pt/perfil/publicacoes/en

*special mention

**nomination

 

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