07CMM / Spaceworkers

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: Spaceworkers
Location: Porto,
Principals in Charge: Henrique Marques, Rui Dinis
Collaborators: José Carlos, Vasco Giesta, Daniel Neto, Sérgio Rocha, Rui Rodrigues
Engineering: Pórtico – Engenharia, Lda
Client: Marta Massada e João Silva
Project Area: 180 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2009
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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Intervening in a typical habitation of the Oporto urban tissue it’s by itself a reason for the memory theme run through our thought, as the memory itself begins to delineate like a program, a “tool” capable of function as a moderator element between the “old” and the “new”.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

This project tries to recreate the habitation spaces (an element per se container and generator of memories), preserving the identity of the architectonic object already existent, but with a greater cosmopolitan and contemporaneous touch, searching a symbiosis between two languages chronologically distant, intending  to create an “actualized” architectonic object belonging to the sensorial universe of this place from Porto city.

Cite: "07CMM / Spaceworkers" 10 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 18 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=52144>


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    It’s too bad about the freaky floor and garish colors, but there are some nice details here. For example, the reveal around the ceiling and the light cove. But what’s the point of creating a blind door only to put a large knob on it?

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    What’s the point of creating a blind door only to put a large knob on it? Well eventually the blind door with only one handle is precisely to be blind for some reason, and the handle used to open it!

    I like the freaky floor and the colors, it gives back memory of the old times of the house!!!

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    My first look left me wondering why this was even here but upon a closer look I began to see some very nice details and thought put into a great rejuvenation of what appears to be a fairly old property. Kudos to the light touch in places to maintain a since of past while making the biggest changes in the areas with the greatest use… kitchen and bathrooms. Not necessarily what I would want to do in some cases but we all have different tastes which makes us all appreciate a job like this when done well.

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    wonderful details… not too overkill and great composed refurbishment… not living in the past but embracing the future! My warmest congratulations! [lovely detail drawings also]

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    i’m still wondering why this project is here.
    maybe there are some more interesting details in there that i just haven’t squinted my eyes to see, but upon cursory look, i’ve already pressed the ‘back’ button.

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      It would be interesting to know what parts were reproduction and what elements were restoration and where that line blurred. Regardless – choice of colour, line and lighting contribute to the feeling of the architects’ objectives well met. Stunning.

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    I’ve been trying to figure out why this is even here too. And after looking at the photos better I think it shouldn’t. It’s interior design, but not necessarily architecture. Well done, but not at all ground breaking. I just think this blog is not about this sort of interior refurbishment. If that was the case there is plenty of garbage dressed as design that could easilly flood this blog. Personally I have worked on refurb projects before, and they can be interesting, but only when they go beyond colours, finishes and some details. Without something more “violent” there is no architecture, only “inferior design”. But well done for the refurb, it looks nice…

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    i do project in college and i take this house to my job, i need photos before renovation. anybode can help me? :((

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