PF Arch Studio converts 19th century building into six duplex flats in portugal PF Arch Studio converts 19th century building into six duplex flats in portugal
feb 15, 2017

PF Arch Studio converts 19th century building into six duplex flats in portugal

 

located in the city of porto, the alves da veiga project by pedro ferreira architecture studio (PF Arch Studio) aims at reconverting an old building typology of the nineteenth century. abandoned for over decades, the architecture is renovated as a set of six apartments that maintain all existing structures and spatial qualities. the original building, though appearing from the outside of only two storeys, in fact contains a curious floor and mezzanine that have actually embodied four habitable floors.

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kitchen space
all images © joão morgado

 

 

despite advanced states of degradation, the industrial austerity that PF Arch Studio has encountered during the first visits has served as a starting point for their proposal. the latter is a simple and strict organization where spaces are strongly illuminated and marked by the double height of the right feet. the result is six duplex flats, where the white walls and ceilings contrast with both the cold concrete at ground level and warmth of the pine on the upper floors. finally the staircase, bring the focal element of the set, is punctuated by a skylight that rescues natural illumination into the building.

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
view towards the living room showing the clear cut design of the staircase

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
natural daylight soaking up the living room area

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
double height ceilings strongly mark the organization of different spaces

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
the staircase is designed as the focal element of the set, punctuated by a skylight

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
the white walls contrast with the warmth of the pine wood flooring

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
bedroom

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
existing structures and spatial concepts are preserved throughout the renovation

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
all-white finishing reflects the simple and strict spatial concept of the project 

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
foldable light shutters 

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
street façade of the nineteenth century building in porto

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
floor plans

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
building section

PF Arch Studio alves da veiga six duplex apartments porto designboom
façades

 

 

project info:

 

type: XIX century house remodeling
design: PF Arch Studio
engineering: ASLl&associados, lda
construction: HomeReab, lda
styling: rute moreda
location: porto, portugal
year: 2014/2016
client: private 

 

 

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edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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