How to renovate the house next door: an intervention in Porto

Architect Miguel Gomes responded to the challenge of renovating an adjacent apartment by demolishing walls and creating volumes with wooden panels.

What to do when the house next door becomes ours? Is it better to create a single room or keep two separate spaces with different functions? This type of renovation is one of the most common and challenging at the same time, starting from this dilemma: to combine or divide?

Portuguese architect Miguel Gomes has opted for a uniform intervention aimed at keeping as much as possible what was considered valuable by renewing only the most obsolete elements. From a structural point of view, he decided to demolish the walls and the most invasive architectural elements and to introduce warm and reflective materials such as wood and metals in order to increase the interior brightness.

The use of light wood partitions in the same nuance as the marble floor creates a soft palette that gives breath and draws attention to more complex details such as custom-designed handles, lights and tables. White walls, laminated parquet and a stone fireplace complete the warm yet minimalist atmosphere of the flat.

Casa do Lado
Miguel Gomes
113 sqm
Rui Cardoso

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