Location: Carvoeiro, Portugal
Area: 255 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photo: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
The new headquarters of Sotheby’s real estate in Carvoeiro, created by the CORREIA/RAGAZZI ARQUITECTOS studio, characterized by both local and traditional building techniques and materials. In order to restore and maintain the building, the architects decided to carry out some internal demolition because the building is poorly preserved. These houses, on the spatial level, allowed to restore the building and make the necessary adjustments in the direction of modern needs, mainly in terms of energy efficiency.
The main facade has changed over the years, so the architects have transformed it accordingly to what was believed to have been in the past.
On the ground level there is a double-height hall with a sculptural staircase that is a key element and makes the space more fluid to create a sense of flow. On the upper floor above the stairs is a window, a skylight (a reminder of local structures), to increase the height of the room, add natural light and thereby increase the space.
On the terrace the architects proposed a new space constructed from the same materials as the whole building and at the same height. Here you can find a small kitchen with a specific spatial configuration given skylight. Both spaces: an existing one and the new building are completely different, and take as architectonic options for its completion and creating a sense of rehabilitation, maintenance and consolidation of existent walls and structure, being chosen, whenever possible, local and traditional technics and materials. The architects believe that this way one can establish a coherent relation between the existent and the new construction.