Príncipe real apartment

fala atelier refurbished a small apartment in Lisbon flipping 180° the plan to give the house more light while opening the apartment to the outside.

fala atelier, Príncipe real apartment
The client bought an old apartment in Lisbon’s downtown. Although charming at the first glance, it was, somehow, broken.
The spatial system was erratic, with all the programs in the wrong place: the living room was facing the street side (north) and had no direct sunlight; the bedroom and kitchen, both very small, were facing Lisbon (south) but with no relation to the view. A dark bedroom with no windows occupied the core; the balcony was used just a circulation space and the foyer was less than enough to open the door.
fala atelier, Príncipe real apartment
fala atelier, Príncipe real apartment
The main idea behind the project was to redefine its priorities, correcting it, while framing the view. All the walls were removed and the program was flipped 180º. The living area was placed on the south side, facing the view, and the two bedrooms took advantage of the width on the north. Only two walls and two doors were built. 
fala atelier, Príncipe real apartment
fala atelier, Príncipe real apartment

The wood shutters, walls and old frames were removed from the balcony, opening the apartment to the outside. The old balcony and living room became the continuation of each other. The bedroom doors were made in mate antracite finished metal and clear glass offering openness. All the walls and ceilings were painted in white, becoming a clear canvas for the few pieces of furniture placed like independent objects in the space. The interior pavements were mate varnished oak wood; the balcony and bathroom had Portuguese tiles; between, the old stone pieces were kept.

The whole apartment became one thing.

Príncipe real apartment
Architect: fala atelier
Client: private
Area: 60 sqm
Completion: 2014

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