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Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca

  • 01:00 - 28 August, 2009
Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca
Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca, © FG + SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra

© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra © FG + SG - Fernando Guerra © FG + SG - Fernando Guerra © FG + SG - Fernando Guerra +31

From the architect. Within a small and inadequate 65 sqm flat, near the beach, in Carcavelos , the primary objective was the creation of a strategy that highlighted the division between spaces and added to the walls more than streaming elements. A single guiding line that solves in a single stroke the program as well as the constraints inherited by the building system - the interior structural vestment in concrete could not be demolished within the available budget.

© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra

The project was to organize a single residential home - living room, bedroom, dining room, kitchen and bathroom, without preconceived functional concepts. These are autonomous areas, where only the bathroom and bedroom have doors. The transition between spaces reveal some elements of surprise, and creates intentional interrelations. We can claim that these are gateways where the feeling of the whole is never lost.

© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra

The strategy was driven with the use of carpentry as the foundation of the intervention. The same material for the same function, to overcome the basic need - storage. The creation of two front-to-front cabinet units define and frame the living space. While one (white, closed and full height) define the entrance of the bedroom, the other (black, open and 2,10m tall) defines the passage into the dining area and breaks through to the kitchen, adding an ancillary module to it. The worktops and the kitchen units follow the same language - clean, straight and functional. The flooring is neutral, light grey, reflecting the sunlight that enters through the windows.

© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra

In the hallway, the mirror panel (fixed and pivoting) hides the bathroom and reveals to those entering or leaving their reflected image that welcomes or says goodbye.

© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra
© FG + SG - Fernando Guerra
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca" 28 Aug 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/33013/apartment-in-carcavelos-hugo-proenca/>
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bluevertical · November 07, 2010

Apartment in Carcavelos by Hugo Proenca http://is.gd/gMMQD #interiordesign #minimalism #apartment *a beauty

Dantas · August 30, 2010

The house is amazing. So simple.
Delivers a solution to most problems in a small house, namely storage room and corridors.

SWG STUDIO · July 08, 2010

mirror panel hides the bathroom & reveals to those entering/leaving their reflected image that welcomes or says goodbye. http://bit.ly/AoC4M

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Joel Linn · September 01, 2009

RT @archdaily: Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca http://bit.ly/fvbZ4

stove · August 31, 2009

This is so well thought out & executed. Small spaces make the most challenging but ultimately most interesting projects & this is what contemporary housing practice needs to be exploring more. The result is confident, calm and beautiful.

toktam · August 29, 2009

it is lovely.small one but nice.

Miguel · August 29, 2009

The floor is epoxy concrete with white pigment.... if i´m not wrong. cheers

frooger · August 29, 2009

i liked it ...
i think the flooring is some kind of heavy coating ..
ive seen such at Jotun paints ..
it is called Jotafloor .. but its not that glossy ... i dont know

roadkill · August 29, 2009

Very nice indeed... clean, simple, well detailed and despite the expensive fittings probably quite cheap [given the building costs in Portugal being some of the lowest in europe]... well done and please tell us more about the flooring

Jason · August 28, 2009

Beautiful project. However, I take issue with the representation of the drawings, the high contrast black/white, while I think I understand their reasons for it, is offensive to the eye... a bit too harsh for me to enjoy the drawings.

I too am curious about the flooring material. Does anyone know what it is? Also, are those concrete counter tops in the kitchen, do you think?

All in all an exceptional project.

Niko Holkstass · August 28, 2009

Its great, but i dont like the invasion of smells from the kitchen to the living room....

Jubair Siddeeque · August 28, 2009

very neat. How is this kind of flooring Achieved? I always wondered. Theres a lot of simlarity with the works of Form-kimura.

DL · August 28, 2009

Less is not more and will never be!

linas · August 28, 2009 10:46 PM

never stop to be - it depends on your philosophy.

DANIEL RUEDA · August 28, 2009

Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca:
Architects: Hugo Proença Location: Carcavelos, Cascais, Portugal Projec.. http://bit.ly/17sbeS

Peter · August 28, 2009

I like it!
On the claustrophobic side, low ceiling
I'm not a fan of the division between living/dining
unless it was a thought as a potential future bedroom
but is nice and btw the budget is not so small for what was done here

WJD · August 28, 2009

Multiple choice:

1. B.F. Skinner Box

2. Terrarium

3. Minimum security holding facility

Balkan · August 28, 2009

I don't know why I always get excited when I see white portuguese minimalism. Maybe because "less IS more"!!!!:) Congrats.

Architecture Feeds · August 28, 2009

Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca:
Architects: Hugo Proença Location: Carcavelos, Cascais.. http://bit.ly/17sbeS
(Via @archdaily)

taneto · August 28, 2009

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Architecture+Molding · August 28, 2009

Apartment in Carcavelos / Hugo Proenca:
Architects: Hugo Proença Location: Carcavelos, Cascais, Portugal Projec.. http://bit.ly/17sbeS

Angela Carr · August 28, 2009

Beautiful minimal Portugese apt. - one of the few I've seen to recognise importance of good storage in small spaces http://bit.ly/1BW3an

Terry Glenn Phipps · August 28, 2009

Something to make Paul Kjaerholm proud | http://bit.ly/7gld3

Terry Glenn Phipps · August 28, 2009

Just look at what a lot of discipline can create on a limited budget. Kudos for this exceptional and honest project.

Terry Glenn Phipps
http://web.me.com/tgphipps

sullka · August 28, 2009 11:51 PM

Its a beautiful project indeed, I do agree with you on the exceptional and honest part.

However, I don't think "budget" was an issue in this apartment, don't confuse minimal with cheap.

From the top of my mind, I see Hans Wegner chairs, a Tolomeo lamp and an Alto Stool. I fail to recognize the remaining furniture, but I'm pretty sure they're not IKEA.

And having worked interior design for clients with taste (money) like that, I can vouch that custom made carpentry like the one we see could pay a small apartment.

LV · August 28, 2009

BEAUTIFUL!!! I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!

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