Pink marble core cuts through concrete interiors of Portuguese house

Architect Daniel Zamarbide and Leopold Banchini Architects have designed a concrete house in Lisbon with a central core of local pink marble. Called Casa do Monte, meaning Hill House, the project is located at the top of a steep and narrow stepped hill characteristic of the Portuguese capital. A restoration of an abandoned and fallen down […]

Filipe Pina and Maria Inês Costa bring abandoned Portuguese farmhouse back to life

Architects Filipe Pina and Maria Inês Costa have overhauled an abandoned farmhouse in rural Portugal, contrasting its rustic granite walls with a new skin of dark corrugated metal. Pina and Costa completely refurbished the property, now known as MCR2 House, so that it could be used as a holiday home, a guesthouse or as a […]

Creating the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was “difficult” says Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza Viera explains how he created the swooped concrete roof of the pavilion he designed for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon in this exclusive movie. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River in the Portuguese city, the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was built to form the main entrance to the World Exposition, which took place […]

Portugal’s eight-room Dá Licença hotel offers a “more personalised” guest experience

Vitor Borges and Franck Laigneau set one-off vintage furnishings against whitewashed walls to create a series of unique spaces inside this boutique hotel in southeast Portugal. Dá Licença is located a few miles outside the historic city of Estremoz, perched atop a hilly 120-hectare plot of land that’s blanketed in mature olive trees. With a […]

Fala Atelier adds colour to a 19th-century house in Porto

Architecture studio Fala Atelier has renovated São Brás House in Porto, Portugal, adding colourful facades and custom furniture for four apartments. The two-storey house, which houses four rental apartments, is in a narrow alley in front of a cemetery in the UNESCO-listed centre of Porto. Fala Atelier created different graphic facades for each side of São […]

Gonzalez Haase AAS creates pared-back interiors for Lisbon concept store Tem-plate

White walls, concrete floors and a metallic display fixtures provide a neutral backdrop to the ever-changing fashion collections on show in new Lisbon concept store Tem-plate. Concealed behind an unassuming metal shutter door, the sparsely-furnished Tem-plate store is re-decorated once a month to present different ranges of high-end and limited-edition clothing. “The project represents an […]

Pedro Miguel Santos emulates classical temples with TS House in Portugal

Local architect Pedro Miguel Santos has completed a temple-inspired house in northern Portugal, featuring white brick walls and an exposed concrete frame. TS House was designed by Miguel Santos as a family home and is set on a large plot of land on the outskirts of the town of Penafiel. The house features a simple symmetrical […]

Fala Atelier strips back former factory to create “naked” apartments

Architecture studio Fala Atelier has converted a former clothing factory in the town of Abragão, Portugal, into a block of six bare apartments. Fala Atelier worked with the existing volume as much as possible, creating open-plan housing they described as “naked” apartments. These can then be altered by residents as they see fit. “The space is built with the […]

Filipe Fonseca da Costa keeps things simple in renovated Lisbon apartment

Portuguese architect Filipe Fonseca da Costa has renovated an apartment in southwest Lisbon, creating bright living spaces while highlighting structural details. The 240-square-metre Apartment in Lapa is located within an ageing residential block. Its owners – a young French couple with two children – charged Filipe Fonseca da Costa with returning the apartment “to the past”. […]

Old Ceramic Society of Coimbra celebrates its 18th-century structure

Simple plaster surfaces sit alongside aged wooden ceiling beams within this ceramics studio in Coimbra, Portugal, which has been overhauled by Luisa Bebiano Arquitectos and Atelier do Corvo. Situated near the city centre, the Old Ceramic Society of Coimbra has been revamped by local practices Luisa Bebiano Arquitectos and Atelier do Corvo to “emphasise the continuity of time, […]

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