fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
 
fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
apr 20, 2015

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
all images © fernando guerra/FG+SG

 

 

 

sitting above the streets of lisbon, portugal’s príncipe real district is a small, perfectly placed apartment. the flat was both charming and quaint, but unfortunately suffered a slew of issues. most evident was the spatial organization, or rather, lack of one. thrown together in a manner approaching neglect, not a single space was efficiently used

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bedroom doors: guest to the left,  master to the right

 

 

 

the north-facing living room was facing a small alley street and didn’t allow for direct sunlight at any time of the day. on the opposite side, a bedroom and kitchen — both very small — were facing towards the city, but neither possessed a glimpse of relation to the view. hovering in the space between, was a dark, windowless master bedroom. outside, the balcony had taken the function of a circulatory space; and the foyer was so microscopic that the door wasn’t able to fully open. 

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master bedroom 

 

 

 

the home owner chose to work with filipe magalhães and ana luisa soares of architecture firm fala atelier. the duo started by removing all interior walls in the apartment, and rethinking the plan in a manner that actually made sense. the living area was moved to the south, so views of the city could be enjoyed, and bedrooms were relocated to the north. aside from being able to take advantage of the larger width of the north-side, their side-street location provided an added element of privacy. 

 

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main space 

 

 

 

wood shutters, walls, and deteriorating frames were removed from the balcony. this sufficiently opening the home to the outdoors, allowing the terrace and living room to become continuations of one another. all surfaces — walls and ceilings — were painted white. a few carefully selected furnishings were then placed like independent sculptures throughout the space, completing the home in a sensible, holistic fashion.  

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
living area

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
bathroom 

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balcony 

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
view from balcony entrance 

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views to balcony and bathroom 

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
demolition

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul
original floor plan

fala atelier gives lisbon apartment an organizational overhaul

proposed floor plan

 

 

project info:

 

project name: príncipe real apartment
project team: fala atelier — filipe magalhães, ana luisa soares
location: lisbon, portugal
project start: june 2014
construction period: july — october 2014
area: 60m2
client: private commission

 

 

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