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Possidónio da Silva 37

Rehabilitate a building, restore the city

Originally composed of three floors and a yard, this building in Campo de Ourique was in an advanced state of degradation. The ground floor, which served as a commercial establishment, was reconverted into a common area and passageway for two completely independent single-family housing units.
Main façade

In functional terms, this house which we present here as Possidónio da Silva 37 is connected to Prazeres 37 through an area composed of an entrance hall, accesses and parking. The meeting point between the two plots is located outside.

On the main façade the intervention sought to preserve the integrity of the existing architectural features, including the recovery of the iron arched doorways and original ceramic tiles. In the centre, the two doors separated by an opening reveal a garage door, allowing the insertion of a functional element without impacting the historical configuration of the façade.

Inside, the house develops over two floors. The social areas are located on the lower level with adjacent living and dining areas, the latter of which is separated from the kitchen by large glass doors which promote communication without sacrificing the ability to create distinct settings. The upper level is reserved for the more private part of the house, with two bedrooms and an ensuite. The roof was redesigned without altering the height of the building in order to promote verticality and allow natural light to enter through the skylight.

Entrance area, vertical circulation area
Entrance area, detail

Location, Lisbon, Portugal
Client, Private
Area, 178 m2 
Phase, Built
Year, 2018 - 2020

Architecture, António de Sousa Coutinho, Fernando Flora, Pedro Silva Lopes (in-house)
Specialties, João Paulo Branco (in-house), GLFV
Supervision, João Paulo Branco (in-house)
Construction, Socifago
Measurements, Coopas
Landscape architecture, Polen Land Design

Rear veranda, detail

The exterior area was redesigned over three levels, allowing the creation of different living areas and preserving fruit trees that date back to the original construction.

Exterior area, ambience
Rear verandas, detail

The green iron details mimic the greenery that invades the interior thanks to the rear verandas overlooking the garden and its surroundings, bringing a sense of peace to a busy area of Lisbon.

Main façade, garage door
Parking area
Circulation area, detail
Circulation area, detail
Living room, detail
Dining room entrance, detail
Kitchen, detail
Circulation area
Global aerial view
Intervention area, aerial view
Back façade, detail
Back façade, detail