Santos Pousada Apartment, Porto Retro Design, Photos, Portuguese Interior Architecture Restoration

Santos Pousada Apartment in Porto

23 Jul 2021

Architects: Hinterland Architecture Studio

Location: Matosinhos, Oporto, Portugal

Santos Pousada Apartment Porto

Santos Pousada Apartment

Santos Pousada Apartment is located on the top floor of a building designed by Portuguese mid-century architects Arménio Losa and Cassiano Barbosa. Built in 1956 as a rental unit building the last floor was originally planned as an exterior semi public space.

Santos Pousada Apartment Porto

Santos Pousada Apartment Porto

During the original construction this space was adapted to two symmetrical apartments, repeating the scheme of the remaining floors. This programmatic change is responsible for some of the mostsingular formal elements of the apartment, the concrete structural elements and the size of the windows that represent 55% of the facade surface area.

Santos Pousada Apartment Porto

Santos Pousada Apartment Porto

The aim of the project is to completely modernize the original three-bedroom apartment with 80sqm gross area into a more comfortable, energy efficient two-bedroom apartment for a young couple with a kid, dog, office, and a library without compromising the mid-century original style.

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The project strategy was to define a central open space on the apartment where the family spends most of the time, increasing its area by demolishing some interior walls. Here we have the living space, dining space, library and office. The several spaces are organized with three types of carpentry elements, loose elements, wall aligned elements and diving elements that in some cases totally replace the walls between different rooms.

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The remaining spaces are secondary and reduced to the minimum size with walls full of cabinets to place appliances,
infrastructures and storage.

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The chosen materials are mostly defined by the original project. The original wood pavements and wood doors are restored and the existing terrazzo floors are replaced by new ones that go up the stucco walls. The natural wood elements use the mahogany from the original project and the light wood painted fillings are replaced by lacquered and coloured mdf. The dark tone of the carpentry balances the natural luminosity provided by the big windows.

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The atmosphere of the big textured wood panels brings to an end the 65-year-old rental unit vibe and inserts on the space the intended permanent home character

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Santos Pousada Apartment in Porto, Portugal – Building Information

Architecture Office: Hinterland Architecture Studio

Project name: Santos Pousada Apartment
Architecture Office: Hinterland Architecture Studio
Main Architect: Filipa Figueira e Tiago Vieira
Website: www.hinterland-as.com
E-mail: info@hinterland-as.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hinterland.architecture.studio/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/hinterland.as/

Location: Porto
Year of conclusion : 2021
Total area: 80m2

Santos Pousada Apartment Porto

Architectural photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio

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Santos Pousada Apartment, Porto images / information received 230721 from Hinterland Architecture Studio

Location: Porto, Portugal, south west Europe

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