17th-century dwellings become modern apartments.

Clínica de Arquitectura’s Caldeireiros Houses project began with the refurbishment of a residential building from the 17th-century. Located in the center of Porto, Portugal, the three-story building featured several apartments as well as a complex terrace system on different levels. Added to the project during different stages, the adjoining building and another smaller structure from the courtyard expanded the initial design. At the same time, the new additions provided more opportunities to create a dialogue between separate areas. In the end, Caldeireiros Houses comprises a shop and a pre-existing restaurant as well as the focus of the project, six small apartments. These range from the two compact studios to the two one-bedroom apartments and two one-bedroom duplexes.

Initially covered by insalubrious, partially destroyed shacks, the courtyard became the center of the project. The studio cleared the rest of the structures and unveiled a large space where residents can gather. This outdoor space also provides easy access to the dwellings, via stairs and terraces. The team rebuilt the rear facades of the two buildings, drawing inspiration from the designs of 19th-century Porto houses. As a result, the project allowed the inclusion of a new lift and access balconies.

The homes have a simple layout. Now, they also feature a clever use of space. The studio maximized the compact interiors to make the most of the dwellings. Hidden storage areas allow the rooms to look airy and minimal while enhancing convenience. Apart from the restrained design, the intervention also takes advantage of the rich textures and charm of the old interiors. All of the wood and stone elements still in good condition remained, linking the apartments to the building’s history. The wooden surfaces are unfinished, while the stone walls boast a lime mortar coating that highlights their character. Photographs© Alexandre Delmar.

    string(5) "admin"
Tags: ,

Featured Products Explore new arrivals at the Gessato Shop

More for you

  • Eulalia Gil

    The recovery and revitalization of an industrial warehouse in Madrid. Completed by experimental architecture firm…

  • Caterpillar Hill House

    A wood-clad home inspired by tree houses. Named Caterpillar Hill, this wood-clad house rises from…

  • The Filter Pavilion

    A space of quiet reflection in the middle of Times Square. Designed by CLB Architects…

  • Art House

    Three volumes arranged around a courtyard in Palo Alto, California. When the owners of a…

  • Cabin Rones

    A cabin with views of a Norwegian fjord. Located on a steep site in Rones,…

  • Brick House with Tower

    A contemporary brick house that celebrates Norwegian masonry traditions. Inspired by the masonry building traditions…

  • Gutshof Güldenhof

    A farming complex from the 18th century converted into a multi-functional art center. Located in…

  • The Aperture House

    An extension inspired by photography and the flexibility of modern lifestyles. Named Aperture House, this…

Around the world

  • Wonder Bee & Bee

    A slow tourism project in southern Italy. Wonder Grottole started out as an experiment but…

  • Hotel Grand Stark

    A building from 1908 transformed into a stylish boutique hotel. Located in the Central Eastside…

  • The Circulo Mexicano Hotel

    A 19th century residential building transformed into a hotel with Shaker-inspired furniture. Located in the…

loader