LocationBeco Xadrez, 1300-011 Lisboa, Portugal
Architect in ChargeJónatas Lareiro, Rui Cruz
Text description provided by the architects. Refurbishment of a 50sqm apartment dating from the 1961, located nearby to several Lisbon Universities in Ajuda. The existing apartment didn’t have any relevant feature besides its great location and river view.
In order to maximize the investment, the new program foresaw 3 student’s bedrooms, a kitchen, toilets and an entrance area that can double as a shared living room.
The renovation concept aimed to create a contemporary design, using in raw materials such as OSB panels and Valchromat (engineered colored wood).
The bedrooms – with the geometry of a cube with 2.50m edge - were designed in order to provide the maximum flexibility of the student’s private space. By using folding furniture, namely beds and desks, the bedrooms can be easily transformed in study, living or leisure areas. The storage space was maximized and designed to allow the bedroom to be quickly cleared up.
The bathroom was planned as a sequence of three spaces that can be used simultaneously and occupying a very small area.
The shared kitchen was kept in the original location, being the room with the best view over the Tagus River.