Mafalda Ribeiro Ambrósio and João Gomes Leitão, the founders of Portugal based architecture studio atelier do cardoso, have previously worked together in the past for 5 years, collaborating on multiple projects. Since establishing their practice in Lisbon, they have worked on a very wide variety of plans, ranging from rehabilitation to construction.
Presented project below titled Casa Acreditar do Porto, is not just a perfectly carried out building. It was built with extraordinary values in mind, for special people. The edifice was planned to serve the needs of 16 children and adolescents with cancer, therefore the living space was completely designed for maximum comfort. Contributing to an already big challenge, the building was financed by donations, so to minimize costs the architects reached for domestic, Portuguese materials.
In addition to these issues, the materials of the building had to have strength and durability due to the great turnover of the patients. The second hardest but most fundamental part during the planning process was, that they had to design a place with a homely and familiar feeling to soothe and overcome the children's longing after their family, but at the end the architects managed to accomplish this atmosphere perfectly.
The building consists of four floors, with the entrance located on the ground floor. The main floor is mostly used by volunteers and visitors, but one can also find a meeting and training room there, which also functions independently from the other parts of the building. The living space for the children is placed on the upper three floors of the house. The first one of those three is the area for common use, like the living room, kitchen, laundry room and places for storage. The upper two floors are the bedrooms, from which the lower one serves as the dwelling for children and the second one for the young adults.
This special and exceptional project, Casa Acreditar do Porto, built with selfless good cause, lessens the void of loneliness, while bringing people together but also giving them the autonomy of their own.