REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal

breathing new life into Edifício A’mar in portugal

 

Sited in Póvoa de Varzim, the historical Edifício A’mar holds a special place in the residents’ hearts, serving as a collective memory of the Portuguese city. Local practice REM’A sought to breathe new life into the residential structure by drawing on its fascinating backstory: the previous owner, a well-traveled individual, poured their worldly experiences into conceiving this edifice, resulting in an eclectic and neo-Renaissance masterpiece that could be described as a form of ‘reactive’ architecture. Therefore, the new design, captured by Ivo Tavares, creates a subtle interplay between preservation and innovation, not as a critique of the pre-existing structure but as a celebration of the two distinct eras of the building’s construction.

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
all images © Ivo Tavares

 

 

rem’a highlights the facade’s red accent with modern expansion

 

The team at REM’A defines the intervention as a meticulous preservation of the property’s facade, paying utmost respect to its formal and aesthetic integrity. Every ornamental and chromatic detail at Edifício A’mar is carefully safeguarded. In addition, the architects introduce a direct expansion to accommodate a new program for the building, comprising commercial space on the ground floor and local lodging on the first floor and in the attic. This expansion is meant to embrace the less prominent color of the original building (red) while introducing a contrasting vertical rhythm to the existing horizontal lines, creating a clear visual distinction between the two construction periods. 

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
Edifício A’mar is located in Póvoa de Varzim

 

 

Given the dual purposes of the space, separate entrances were paramount. The main entrance to the commercial area sits at the corner axis, while access to the lodging is thoughtfully arranged along the quieter side street. Vehicular access is also discreetly incorporated into the expansion’s facade for hassle-free loading and unloading. To facilitate the functional organization of the irregularly shaped intermediate level, REM’A incorporates a longitudinal axis for distribution and a transverse axis for vertical movement. This bridges the gap between the bedroom area and the communal space of the lodging while providing access to the attic suite. Unlike Edifício A’mar’s striking and chromatic exterior, the interior design adopts a more nuanced approach. Spaces of transition, whether programmatic or on different levels, are highlighted with chromatic accents in a sea of white, revealing a hierarchy of elements. 

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
an eclectic neo-renaissance building

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
rooftop area

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
the expansion embraces the building’s red accent

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REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
kitchen area

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
lodging in the attic

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REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
the interiors reveal chromatic accents in a sea of white

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
irregular geometries take over the space

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REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
view toward the staircase

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
transverse axis for vertical movement

REM'A plays with linear rhythms to uplift neo-renaissance building in portugal
playing with vertical and horizontal lines

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