Previously featured in Thisispaper Pedro Ferreira Architecture Studio with broad experience around the globe, remodeled a long-neglected house located in Porto, Portugal.
The house was built in the nineteenth century, but later on, it was abandoned for decades. Even though, the house was in a progressive state of degradation, the industrial austerity encountered on the very first visit served as the starting point for the reinvention plans. The street facing facades show an illusion of a two storey building, when in fact the mezzanine and the curious floor make it a four storey home, disguising six duplex apartments inside.
The building, which seamlessly blends into the environment, hides a beautifully designed contemporary interior. Maintaining the basic structure and spatial layout of the house, the interior design concentrates solely on simple but functional elements. The pure white walls contrast with the coldness of the concrete but the warmth of the pine floors counterbalances the heaviness of the other sturdy materials. Simple, yet strict interior hides multiple organizational solutions all around the building, such as remarkable staircase, which functions as one of the main organizational elements, while unique and practical open folding windows lend the home the characteristics of a modern feel, recognizable by its clean, unadorned form.