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Edifício A’mar in Póvoa de Varzim, Porto

14 May 2024

Architects: REM’A

Location: Póvoa de Varzim, Porto, Portugal

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto

Photos by Ivo Tavares Studio

Edifício A’mar, Portugal

The Edifício A’mar property is a historically significant building in Póvoa de Varzim, not only carried the weight of its classification restrictions but also held a special place in the hearts of local residents, serving as a collective memory of the city.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto Portugal

Our research unveiled a fascinating backstory – the previous owner was a well-traveled individual who poured their worldly experiences into the conceptualization of this edifice, resulting in a uniquely eclectic and neo-Renaissance architectural masterpiece. We like to describe this as a form of “reactive” architecture.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Portugal

This architectural endeavor aimed to create a subtle interplay between preservation and innovation, not as a critique of the pre-existing structure but as a celebration of the two distinct eras of the building’s construction.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Portugal

The intervention can be defined by its meticulous preservation of the property’s façade, paying utmost respect to its formal and aesthetic integrity.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Portugal

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Portugal

Every ornamental and chromatic detail was carefully safeguarded. In addition, a discrete expansion was introduced to accommodate the new program for the building, comprising commercial space on the ground floor and local lodging on the first floor and in the attic. The expansion was conceived to embrace the less prominent color of the original building (red) while introducing a contrasting vertical rhythm to the existing horizontal lines, creating a clear visual distinction between the two construction periods.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Portugal

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Portugal

Given the dual purposes of the space, separate entrances were paramount. The main entrance to the commercial area is gracefully positioned at the corner axis, while access to the lodging is thoughtfully arranged along the quieter side street. Furthermore, for the convenience of the commercial space, vehicular access is discreetly incorporated into the expansion’s façade for hassle-free loading and unloading.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto Portugal

The functional organization of the intermediate level, with its irregular geometry, is facilitated by a longitudinal axis for distribution and a transverse axis for vertical movement. This transverse axis elegantly bridges the gap between the bedroom area and the communal space of the lodging while providing access to the attic suite.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto Portugal

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto Portugal

In contrast to the building’s striking exterior, which boasts an intense chromatic palette, the interior design adopts a more nuanced approach. Spaces of transition, whether programmatic or on different levels, are highlighted with tasteful chromatic accents in a calming sea of white, allowing for a hierarchy of design element.

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto

Póvoa de Varzim property

Edifício A’mar in Póvoa de Varzim, Porto – Property Information

Architecture Firm: REM’A – https://www.rem-a.com/

Project name: Edifício A’mar
Architecture Office: REM’A
Main Architect: Romeu Ribeiro & José Pedro Marques

E-mail: [email protected]
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Póvoa de Varzim building, Porto Portugal

Location: Póvoa de Varzim
Year of conclusion: 2023
Total built area: 250,70sqm

Builder: Ondulavançar, Carpintaria Parente, Golacap
Engineering: Filipe Kellen

Interior Design: Day By Day

Edificio A’mar Povoa de Varzim Porto

Photography: Ivo Tavares Studio – https://www.ivotavares.net/

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Location: Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal

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