loios building conversion in porto by OODA
loios building conversion in porto by OODA loios building conversion in porto by OODA
nov 03, 2012

loios building conversion in porto by OODA

‘loios’ by OODA in porto, portugal all images courtesy of OODA

portuguese practice OODA is in the process of converting an 18th century building in downtown porto, portugal into an apartment block. ‘loios’ will contain with 18 housing units for tourists and students within a centralized location. currently, a large amount of old and historical building are unoccupied within the urban fabric and in need of a purpose. responsible management of these structures can positively affect the built environment, conservation of resources with social and economic benefits. the historic elevations will be restored and the ground level retail will be topped with five storeys divided into four stacked residences.

ensuring the spaces fulfill the needs of modern day tenants, a large-scale modular furniture piece will integrate a kitchen, storage, seating, bed and a bathroom. era paintings on church panels will be turned into digitized image and applied as a perforated surface. additional measures include paints, waxes and varnishes with vegetable bases, natural resins and mineral pigments.

living module

dining area


model of exterior



location plan

context plan

floor plans / level 0-roof

floor plan / penthouse



program diagram

conceptual process

historical images

digitized historical images

historical images applied to module

module form studies

module’s functions

module’s functions

module fabrication

sun energy distribution + rainwater reuse diagrams

construction detail

existing conditions

existing conditions

existing conditions

project info:

team: diogo brito, rodrigo vilas-boas, francisco lencastre, lourenco telles menezes type: commission size: 1444 sqm status: starting construction schedule: completion 2013 collaboration: ccad, gatengel, noraqua, cezero images: pixelfactory

  • Wow. This is just top level practicing. Congratulations!

    Steeven says:
  • This is a version of an old idea, from Corb”s “Plug ‘n Play” to a disaster relief module developed in the 80”s. Beyond the elaborate documentation, some of which reminds me of plumbing fixture ads in architect’s mags, featuring beautiful women, wet and wonderful, I don’t see The Beef. Yes, seemingly competent work, but given that the module idea could have done soooo much more, this presentation leaves one disappointed, and wondering why the architects weren’t more diligent in their research.

    Chaszr says:
  • Outstanding!

    Lylia says:
  • @ Chaszer – What makes you think they haven’t done their research? This is a well executed project, a neat approach to a renovation project whether the idea has been attempted before or not.

    My issue with the design is the bed. I would hate to have to clear my desk every time I wanted to go to bed. I like my desk strewn with sketches, work and models. I also tend to leave my laptop there when I call it a day. Perhaps for the more neat conscious person this would work but I would find it a major inconvenience. I would just have to use the sofa as a bed.

    Small issue, it doesn’t diminish the overall quality of the unit. Well done.

    GoodCod says:
  • Porto is full of this kind of extraordinarily beautiful buildings that are decaying because no-one lives in them. This looks like a nice renovation concept, however the central modular unit seems to be very limiting in terms of allowing people to decide themselves how they want to furnish and live. It also seems dupious to leave narrow corridors around the module when the space is quite limited. And what about the patterning? Another example of “Eat-this!”, where the tenants have to swollow the architect’s idea of having fun with a “historical reference”. It’s not contextual, it’s just plain ugly, because it serves no purpose. At least in the original tiles there is a story being told and a unique craft that expressed it, not photoshop and a cnc-machine…

    Max says:
  • I looked at him in perplexity and distress. Natasha

    Anonymous says:

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