The 20th century building in the Lisbon neighborhood of Anjos was transformed by  into a unique contemporary apartment building, where the new and old that is not always distinguishable.

The building had been in a state of imminent ruin, although 3 of its 10 apartments were inhabited.

The rehabilitation operation was structural and transversal – with the necessary reinforcements from a structural point of view, all kinds of new infrastructures and systems to improve the energy performance and comfort of the apartments.

The main façade and the stairwell were restored, with a redesign of the entrance hall, the circulation areas in the basement floor and the patio, and the roof was reconstructed. An elevator was installed towards the rear of the building, the metallic structure of the balconies was extended leading to an increase of the private outdoor area, a new entrance to the apartments and access to the patio.

All the apartments underwent the same spatial alterations, despite having been personalised according to the wishes of each of their new owners.

Although this is clearly and unmistakably a rehabilitation, the dimensions of the restoration, but also the idea of reconstitution – of certain constructive and decorative elements, and of a particular type of architecture – are recognisable, in an intermingling of the new and old that is not always distinguishable.

Facts & Credits

Year   2017 – 2020
Gross Floor Area  1100 m2
Location   Lisbon
Client  Private
Architecture  Rita Aguiar Rodrigues
Project Leaders   Inês Chambel Borges, Mariana Simões
Collaborators    Francisco Costa, Marta Morais Miranda, Samuele D’Eramo, Tali Liberman
Engineering  CPX – Consultoria e Projectos
Contractor  RVI – Recuperação e Valorização de Imóveis, Lda.
Photography   Francisco Nogueira