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Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos

Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1309
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Photographs
    Photographs :FG + SG, Nuno Almendra
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Geberit, Sika, CIN, Hempel, Ikea, Isover, Legrand, Oli, Placo, W2007, Acatedal, Bosch, CTMT, Canilectrigás, Lda, DANOSA, Elvira Barbosa Limitada, Energia Aciva, Lda, Orona Pecres, S&P Soler, SINALUX, +5
  • Lead Architect : José Adrião Martins
  • Head Architect : Ricardo Aboim Inglez
  • Project Team : Ana Grácio, Ana Isabel Santos, Gonçalo Ponces, João Albuquerque Matos, Margarida Pereira, Tomás Forjaz
  • Measurements And Budgets : Perfectus
  • City : Lisboa
  • Country : Portugal
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Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Interior Photography, Living Room, Beam
© Nuno Almendra

Text description provided by the architects. The building was constructed in the first quarter of the 19th century, at the heart of Lisbon’s Baixa Pombalina district. 

Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Interior Photography
© Nuno Almendra

By 2016, the building was almost completely vacant and severely dilapidated. The structure of the building had been greatly weakened by the demolition of resistant walls at ground level, which had led to the floors settling.

Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Interior Photography, Bedroom
© FG + SG
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Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Interior Photography, Chair
© FG + SG

To make the most of the corner location of the building, it was proposed to change the configuration from two apartments to three per floor, maintaining the original Pombaline layout, with an intricately arrange series of spaces. To address modern demands for comfort and accessibility, a lift was installed at the centre of the building, leaving the original stairwell intact.

Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Interior Photography, Kitchen
© FG + SG

The first phase of construction began in 2017, with the aim of correcting the building’s structural shortcomings, repairing the roof, and renovating the ground floor. Structural surveys were carried out between the two phases, along with surveys on the walls and ceilings. 

Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Interior Photography, Bathroom
© FG + SG

Examination of the wall paintings revealed the existence of successive layers of frescoes and tempera paintings in all the apartments. At that point, it was thought vital to uncover the frescoes, which languished unseen beneath newer layers of painting for decades. Preserving them was deemed one of the most important concerns of the whole project. The strategy was adjusted to prevent any scraping against the walls, new solutions for installing the building infrastructure were executed. 

Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Exterior Photography
© FG + SG

Subsequently, however, the decision was made not to proceed with the restoration of the frescoes, nor to prioritise specific features. Instead, the consensus was that these traces of the past should be left as they are, overlapping, incomplete, with all their flaws. We endeavoured to reveal the sheer complexity of the building by revealing the multitude of transformations that it has undergone over time.

Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos - Exterior Photography
© FG + SG

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Cite: "Douradores Residential Building Renovation / José Adrião Arquitetos" [Reabilitação de Edifício Residencial Douradores / José Adrião Arquitetos] 05 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/962514/douradores-residential-building-renovation-jose-adriao-arquitetos> ISSN 0719-8884

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