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.
1757 in Lisbon, Portugal by CAMARIM Architects
May 31st, 2017 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: CAMARIM Architects
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 in the lower floors.
Camarim was founded by Vasco Matias Correia and Patrícia Ferreira de Sousa in 2007.
Their designs encompass a wide range of briefs, budgets and scales, on new buildings, existing buildings and product design.
Their work is published in magazines, books and documentaries from America to Asia and has been the subject of academic studies in Australia, Brazil, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland, among others.
They received the 40 Under 40 distinction by the Chicago Athenaeum in 2016, the Baku Architecture Award in 2015 and the ASCER Award in 2014, and were nominated for the Ibero-American Award for Architecture and Urbanism in 2016 and the A.Prize in 2014, among others.
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