Colouring the streets of Ovar. A house renovation in Portugal

The renovation of an old Portuguese house by Nelson Resende blends almost invisibly the old and new, adding colour to a central street in Ovar.

Nelson Resende, Casa Ovar, Portugal, 2017

Portuguese architect Nelson Resende renovated a historical house in Rua Dr. José Falcão, in Ovar, south of Porto. The building featured different states of conservation, that easily led to what had to be preserved and discarded in order to uniformity and coherence between the old and the new.

Located in a structural artery of the city of Ovar the building allows the repetition of an urban model of frequent use, that favors a peripheral occupation of the blocks and liberates its interior. In this setting, both the addition and the main house present a logic of implementation supported by two main elevations: one more formal and representative facing the street, the second more private and uncommitted facing the backyard.

The existing layout has been maintained, taking into account its states of degradation. The spaces of social use and of longer permanence are destined to the main volume allowing to take advantage of the existing compartments. Complementarily, the secondary volume hosts the garage space facing the street and the private area facing the garden. The attic has been kept free, so to be used as a multipurpose space.

Casa Ovar
Ovar, Portugal
Single family house
Nelson Resende
Structural engineering:
João Almeirante
Electrical engineering:
Nuno Leite
Main contractor:
António Souto
216 sqm

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