Apartment No. 1
Príncipe Real

This multi-family housing building is located in Príncipe Real in Lisbon and was built in 1757, 2 years after the 9.0 Richter-scale earthquake.

Our client wanted to renovate the upper floor flat – simplify its layout and adjust it to the life of a modern family – while respecting the building’s constructive logic and the spirit and scale of the historic district.
The roof’s apex defines the border between the living room – with a horizontal window overlooking the garden – and the bedrooms – with dormer windows. Bathrooms, kitchen and larder are grouped in an irregular-shape volume that differentiates spaces and uses in an easy, informal fashion, without doors or corridors.

The materials – limestone, solid wood and plaster – are taken from the original apartment but their combination and design are boldly modern. The horizontal window is as wide as the apartment and is composed of 3 filters – glass, translucent glass and sliding shutters – that assure shading and privacy and echo the intermittence and texture of the windows on the lower floors.

Title Apartment No. 1 — Príncipe Real
Location Lisbon, Portugal
Built Area 150 m²
Site Area 150 m²
Conclusion 2014
Team Vasco Matias Correia, Patrícia Ferreira de Sousa and Tiago Garrido
Photography Nelson Garrido