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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Casa da Maternidade in Porto, Portugal by PABLO PITA

 
February 18th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: PABLO PITA

Maternidade House is a single-family dwelling set in a 19th century refurbished house. An example directly restricted to an existing context where the dwelling return to its basis. Adapted to the contemporary needs and standards, the intervention respects its inner scale and typologic scheme.

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

  • Architects: PABLO PITA
  • Project: Casa da Maternidade
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: José Campos . Architectural Photography
  • CONSULTANTS: ALFAengenharia . PROQUALITYengenharia , Ricardo Ferreira da Silva
  • CONSTRUCTOR: F. Moreira da Silva & Filhos, Lda
  • YEAR: 2013

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Conceptually it reinterprets the nuclear core of this type of model, acknowledging the importance of light. The lack of an expressive skylight in the original structure defines the new approach. A new scale is set in the stair core, overlapping this new vertical walk through that runs along the existing house, achieving new see-throughs and different spatial relations between all the floors.

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

The building is a typical late 19th century Porto house set in the city downtown. It is located in one of biggest city blocks, defined by large gardens in its interior, a bourgeois manor and an early last century maternity. The house itself was a two-storey middle-class example, with little ornamentation and highly modified through time.

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

The intervention aims to adapt this typical Porto dwelling typology to the daily contemporary routines. This is set from a depuration exercise, developing mainly the stair core, in order to achieve a unifying element that could relate all these different spaces. The stairs and its light were a recurrent theme in such a narrow and long type of housing.

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

The rooms respect its original scale, and a third floor is added considering the block outline. The ground floor is the social level, gathering parking, kitchen and living-room, and relating it to the garden located in the interior of the block. In the highest level a guest floor is set with a wide perspective of its surroundings.

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © José Campos . Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © PABLO PITA

Image Courtesy © PABLO PITA

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