A stretched door in a flat in Lisbon

An extended living area and a lengthened bedroom access transform the features of a 1960s flat redesigned by architect Miguel Marcelino.

From suffocated and claustrophobic to fluid and essential: Miguel Marcelino's project for an 80 square metre flat in Lisbon's Sete Rios district is a mutation towards lightness. Now in direct communication with each other, the different rooms in the living area - entrance hall, living room, kitchen - emphasize the momentum towards the windows and the outdoor space on the balcony.

Unexpected is also the intuition to move the access to the bedroom by turning the door 45 degrees. Transformed from a simple threshold to an extended volume covered in wood, the door breaks the visual continuity with the living room, protecting the room’s intimacy. The work is completed with homogeneous finishes in materials and tones, together with the small detail of the lack of shaving of the ceiling beams, the only note of graininess in a space of rarefaction and smoothness.

Studio Miguel Marcelino
Architectural Team:
Miguel Coutinho, Mariana Brito
General Contractor:
80 sqm

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