a facade of glimmering tiles fronts this bak gordon-designed home in lisbon, portugal

a facade of glimmering tiles fronts this bak gordon-designed home in lisbon, portugal

‘House in Rua São Francisco de Borja’, PORTUGAL


Located in the charming Lapa neighborhood of Lisbon, Portugal, adjacent to the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, the recently completed ‘House in Rua São Francisco de Borja’ stands as a testament to the design approach of architect Ricardo Bak Gordon. Situated on a narrow and elongated plot and fronted by a glimmering tile facade, the residence replaces a former industrial pavilion, showcasing the architect’s commitment to creating a dwelling which seamlessly integrates with its context.

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LISBON architecture by ricardo bak gordon


Self-evident in the design of the façade is Bak Gordon’s underlying philosophy of constructing a house expressive of the contemporary era while honoring the inherent qualities of its site. The facade not only engages with the urban context but also establishes a dialogue with the internal environments of the house. The ground floor exemplifies this concept by featuring a wooden grid that encompasses the access door and garage door, creating a visual connection between the interior and exterior spaces. Additionally, the dining room is adorned with a solitary window, and the living room floor boasts a subtracted space adorned with a small garden/flower box, effectively bridging the gap between the indoor and outdoor realms.

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Spatial Composition OF THE HOUSE


Stretching along the length of the plot, the house primarily comprises two interconnected volumes, which enclose a central patio accessible via a covered loggia adorned entirely with handmade tiles. The layout of the residence offers a captivating promenade experience, unveiling itself in various directions. Horizontally, the private bedroom and office spaces create an intimate atmosphere, while the social spaces vertically ascend, culminating in the rooftop terrace that offers panoramic views of the Tagus River.

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the material palette


The careful selection of materials plays a pivotal role in shaping the personality and atmosphere of Bak Gordon’s ‘House in Rua São Francisco de Borja’ in Lisbon, Portugal. Exposed concrete dominates the facades and ceilings, evoking a contemporary aesthetic. The addition of green handmade tiles, anodized aluminum frames, and Thermo modified wood in the main façade further contribute to the building’s unique character. These materials not only enhance the visual appeal but also serve to establish a sense of place and identity within the local context.

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the house unfolds along the length of the plot, as two interconnected volumes enclose a central patio bak gordon lisbon portugal
private bedroom and office spaces are arranged horizontally, while social spaces ascend vertically


the project blends contemporary design with the unique characteristics of Lisbon’s Lapa neighborhood

bak gordon lisbon portugalinteriors are dominated by exposed concrete details


Ricardo Bak Gordon integrates the dwelling’s facade with the surrounding urban context

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