the world's most visited architecture website
i

Sign up now and start saving and organizing your favorite architecture projects and photos

Sign up now to save and organize your favorite architecture projects

i

Find the most inspiring products for your projects in our Product Catalog.

Find the most inspiring products in our Product Catalog.

i

Get the ArchDaily Chrome Extension and be inspired with every new tab. Install here »

i

All over the world, architects are finding cool ways to re-use run-down old buildings. Click here to see the best in Refurbishment Architecture.

Want to see the coolest refurbishment projects? Click here.

i

Immerse yourself in inspiring buildings with our selection of 360 videos. Click here.

See our immersive, inspiring 360 videos. Click here.

All
Projects
Products
Events
Competitions
Navigate articles using your keyboard
  1. ArchDaily
  2. Projects
  3. Apartment Interiors
  4. Portugal
  5. João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos
  6. 2015
  7. RFIII Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

RFIII Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

  • 02:00 - 2 January, 2016
RFIII Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos
RFIII Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 32

  • Architecture Collaboration

    Renata Vieira, Ana Caracol, Ruben Mateus
  • Builder

    OFICINA DOS SONHOS
  • Lighting

    CLIMAR
  • Glazing

    FRANCOMETAL
  • Sanitary Ware & Equipment

    PADIMAT
  • Paints & Varnish

    CIN
  • Carpentry

    GLS2 CARPINTARIA
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Text description provided by the architects. Transformation of a 4 bedroom apartment into a 2 bedroom apartment, increasing this way its social areas.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The apartment was essentially developed along its length, structuring itself around a long corridor. However, thanks to two existing courtyards in the building it benefited from the entry of natural light in its inner part. The house was quite compartmentalized, and the rooms, with tiny areas, were mainly oriented to those courtyards. On the rear façade there used to be a very large and disqualified marquise devoted to storage and cleaning areas. It had only one complete bathroom.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The proposal consisted in gathering the social areas next to the rear façade, the suite and bedroom being kept next to the main façade. A hall of noble proportions performs the transition between the entrance hall and these two ambiences. In some cases, the existing openings were enlarged in order to allow greater outpouring of the central area of the house, the social area, improving the communication between the various spaces.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The sewing room wall which used to lead directly to the entrance hall was demolished in order to allow the creation of a large and bright foyer, in straight contact with the courtyard. On the left of the entrance, an office, a bedroom and a suite were created. Facing the main façade the suite and the 2nd bedroom were placed. A bit more to the interior and taking benefit from the light of the courtyard, the office was deployed.

Section
Section

On the other hand, on the right side of the entrance, the entire living areas were placed. Thanks to the demolition of the walls of the existing large pantry room, an open space was made to hold both living and dining areas.  With the enlargement of the opening that used to give access to the marquise, this has become an extension of the living room bathing it with natural light.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The existing floors, in plank wood, were kept and restored. The ceilings restoration vary according to the intended use. In the circulation areas, bathrooms and kitchen, modern light boxes were designed in the false ceiling, while in the more noble, long-term use compartments, such as bedrooms and living room, the generous ceiling height remained unchanged and the decorated plastered ceilings were recovered.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

View the complete gallery

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "RFIII Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos" 02 Jan 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/779627/rfiii-apartment-joao-tiago-aguiar/> ISSN 0719-8884
Read comments
Read comments