Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Project Year: 2016
Area: 200 m2
Photo: do mal o menos.
Portuguese architectural studio Aurora Arquitectos took part in the reconstruction of this classic apartment of 200 m2, holding the elements of the past and present in perfect harmony, and creating a subtle comparison at the same time.
In the new building the existing structures were improved, while retaining original features such as wooden floors, stove, door handles and base, walls and ceilings. The private areas of this apartment, initially comprising three bedrooms, gave place to a single living room. The social area, comprising the former living-room and a study, became two bedrooms and a walk-in closet. This reconfiguration deals with how to unite what had been separate so far, and divides what had been total so far.
There are attractive solutions in the spatial movements such as a modern frame made of wood and brass, which refers to the demolished wall in the living room; wood smooth and rounded construction, framing the wall headboard; or white minimalist cabinets.
That could easily be understood as an act of union and separation becomes one of the main themes of the project — reversibility. The problem of space becomes a problem of time, associated with it. The architects have come to understanding that the repair is a part of a continuous process of change.
This is an ongoing dialogue between the previous and the new elements which creates unexpected opportunities. Kinda polimpset as a way of rethinking and challenging to throw the predetermined functions and relationships, from the residents to the architecture itself.