São Francisco House

São Francisco house located in the city centre of Guarda, this is an urban typical house of the first half of the 20th century, presenting 3 sides and a garden. The surrounding buildings are characterised by several types of construction, a consequence of the successive city urbanistic growth stages.The clients (and also friends) wanted a pragmatic solution to the project, “willing to renew and rehabilitate the house with minimum demolition and in the most economical way”.

The optimal conditions and building characteristics of the house allowed for a good project development. Soon we understood that the living spaces of the house needed to be simplified, as it did show some old-fashioned elements added over time by the different owners, with external parts losing their coherence and some gloomy interiors agglomerated in quite messy, obsolete and isolated rooms.

We kept the original functional layout of the house, where we only inserted few changes in view of adapting it to actual modern requirements, namely for the kitchen, toilets and bathrooms, and very seldom demolitions which allowed new internal paths. It was also decided to keep the original floors, wooden structures, some the roof and surfaces. Now the house lives from its inside where all spaces merge into one unique light and bright room.

Therefore, the initial goal was achieved, with São Francisco being a clear and objective solution to the clients’ needs and requirements, on top of an enhanced friendship, with costs in line with the initial estimates of approximatively 280€/m².


Architect: Filipe Pina

Team: Filipe Pina, Romeu Dinis


Year: 2017

Area: 275m²

Location: Guarda, Portugal

Photografer: João Morgado (

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