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Kopke Condo in Porto, Portugal

 
September 17th, 2014 by adrianopimenta

 

Article source: Adriano Pimenta Architects

Its pre-existence allows dazzling a House classified by the Oporto City Hall, a garden and a vegetable garden. The house was converted into two apartments keeping its original features; the principal garden remained, in the vegetable garden two houses were built. The common garage relates all the elements to each other.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

  • Architects: Adriano Pimenta Architects & Octavio Queirós Architects
  • Project: Kopke Condo
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Photography: Arménio Teixeira
  • Project coordinator: Paulo Morgado
  • Project Assistants: Ana Ferreira, Carolina Salcedo and Maria Vasconcelos
  • Client: Odlaca, Management and Real Estate Investments
  • General Contractor: Cobelba SA

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The design of the main house is from 1924 and the construction is from 1929. This house started to be built by a Brazilian emigrant who trades in exotic woods. In the middle of the construction this person failed and sold the house to the current owner’s grandfather. As a legacy, the current owner decided to invest and take advantage of inherited land. After a detailed analysis it was decided to divide the house into two apartments and in remainder land to build two semi-detached houses.  These two detached houses were built in the old orchard. The houses are offset from the main house to release the mansion, heritage of the city of Porto.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The mansion is heritage of the city of Porto. The mansion is one of the first houses in Porto with the application of concrete.

The main materials of the mansion are stone (yellow granite), in the first two levels and brick in the third floor. The interior walls are panelled. Walls composed by wood and clay mortar. The main beams are reinforced concrete. The floor is in exotic wood from Brazil supported by a structure of wood beams. The ceiling is in plaster and we kept the old design.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The terraced houses are in concrete from the outside and plasterboard and brick inside. The thermal insulation is applied between the concrete and the inner walls. The floor is in wood. In the roof we used red cobble tile because of the surroundings, all with roof tile. A slate stone, marking the slab, relates both buildings. The vertical aluminium clad also relates the mansion with this new construction.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

In the exterior of the new houses we applied concrete coffered with pinewood. That’s why we see the wood texture and is related with the old way to do internal walls and used in the construction of the internal walls of the main house.

The main house was divide into 3 floors plus a basement. The ground floor was the service area with kitchen, rooms for employees and all the services assigned to the house.

The first floor was the social floor with living room, dining room, office and the large lounge.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The top floor rooms were the main bedrooms. The basement was used as storage. A main staircase united all floors.

With the division of the house in two apartments remained only the original and main stairs between the 1st floor and 2nd floor.

The ground floor was transformed in a three-bedroom apartment with a kitchen, a dining room and a living room, which is the new volume. This new volume embraces the garden making it almost private for this apartment.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The apartment in the first and second floor has 4 bedrooms, all with bathroom, living room, dining room and a new and modern kitchen. An elevator connects both apartments with the basement and with the garage. The basement of the main house is for technical rooms, laundry and storage.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The materials used in the conversion of the existing house were the existing materials like the panelled walls, the same wood and the same doors. The only things that we redesigned are the windows. We reply the same old window but we applied double glass.  The new volume, in the ground floor, is like the terraced houses. Concrete from the outside and plaster board inside. The floor is stone like the one used in the mansion balconies.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The neighbourhood is a residential area with the same type of houses. Just down the street a secondary school and a primary school. The main street is one of the northern entrances of the city of Porto. In 1929, this place was an agricultural area and when the city grows up to north the lands were sold to the construction of new houses.  Yet we still have some people with the agricultural garden.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

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Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

Image Courtesy © Adriano Pimenta Architects

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