The adaptive reuse of a former school
Situated a few meters from Avenida da Liberdade, in the heart of the DGPC's Urban Rehabilitation Area and Property Protection Zone.
The intervention aimed to convert this historical building into a multi-family dwelling composed of six flats that constitute autonomous units, taking advantage of part of what used to be a mezzanine. This resulted in a need to add an extra mansard roof to the previous four, and to shift the main entrance area to the central space. Changes were required on the main elevation due to the integration of a central access, while the general configuration of the existing openings was maintained and the materials and finishes that characterise the building and its constructive style were recovered, including wooden floors, original wooden doors and shutters, a central stone pillar, vaulted ceilings and tiles covering the main part of the façade. The patio, which was intended exclusively for parking, was reformulated, combining this same function with leisure areas. The new space creates a pleasant outdoor area for the enjoyment of residents, even encouraging them to grow their own food.
Location, Lisbon, Portugal
Area, 1.737 m2
Year, 2015 - 2020
Architecture, Pedro Silva Lopes, Teresa Barbosa (in-house)
Especialidades, A2P, Profico
Measurements, António Pereira
Photography, Francisco Nogueira
Film, Building Pictures
The general configuration of the existing openings was maintained and the materials and finishes that characterise the building and its constructive style were recovered.
Environmental ambitions also created new parameters in the design of the project, based on the creation of a more sustainable construction standard, integrating environmental, social and economic parameters and encouraging efficient consumption of both energy and natural resources.