The house follows the typology typical to these early 20th century dwellings: it runs from east to west, with enclosures arranged sequentially along a long corridor, most of these being illuminated from an interior courtyard. In Arraiolos's intervention, the original partitioning is rigorously maintained and each compartment regarded as autonomous space to inhabit, capable of receiving a new type of use. The new proposed use for each space is accompanied by a new interaction between them, allowed by the opening of consecutive spans in between rooms.
Altering the original spaces allows for a longitudinal alignment throughout the entire house, and brings natural light to the apartment's innermost compartment, where before there was a notable light deficit. Arraiolos seeks, with the flexibility of this solution, to permit a continuous reinvention of the housing program, changing the proposed use for each compartment as well as the relations between them.
Architect: Marco Arraiolos
Intervention: renovation of an early 20th century apartment