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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.

São Francisco in Guarda, Portugal by FPA – Filipe Pina Architecture

 
May 15th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FPA – Filipe Pina Architecture

Located in the city centre of Guarda, this is an urban typical house of the first half of the 20th century, presenting 3 sides and a garden.

The surrounding buildings are characterised by several types of construction, a consequence of the successive city urbanistic growth stages.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

The clients (and also friends) wanted a pragmatic solution to the project, “willing to renew and rehabilitate the house with minimum demolition and in the most economical way”.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

The optimal conditions and building characteristics of the house allowed for a good project development.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Soon we understood that the living spaces of the house needed to be simplified, as it did show some old-fashioned elements added over time by the different owners, with external parts losing their coherence and some gloomy interiors agglomerated in quite messy, obsolete and isolated rooms.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

We kept the original functional layout of the house, where we only inserted few changes in view of adapting it to actual modern requirements, namely for the kitchen, toilets and bathrooms, and very seldom demolitions which allowed new internal paths.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

It was also decided to keep the original floors, wooden structures, some the roof and surfaces.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Now the house lives from its inside where all spaces merge into one unique light and bright room.

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Therefore, the initial goal was achieved, with São Francisco being a clear and objective solution to the clients’ needs and requirements, on top of an enhanced friendship, with costs in line with the initial estimates of approximatively 280€/m².

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © João Morgado

Image Courtesy © FPA – Filipe Pina Architecture

Image Courtesy © FPA – Filipe Pina Architecture

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Categories: House, Renovation, Residential

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