Apartamento na Almirante Reis, Lisbon by BALA atelier

the respective construction methods coexisting harmoniously

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By intervening on a roof space, more specifically in the attic of a building dating from 1906, in the 21st century, a dialogue is established between the different times and ways of living, but also between the respective construction methods that should coexist harmoniously. Thus, in the genesis of the rehabilitation intervention of this 90 sqm apartment, in addition to reverse the weak pre- existing living conditions, the preservation of the historical legacy of this constructive typology was also pursued, conserving the elements considered to be relevant to the characteristics of that time period.

▼空间概览,overview © Ivo Tavares Studio


Examples of this are the stonework, the irregular stone masonry wall, the wooden beams and pillars of the roof, which are revealed and become a memory of the original construction system. A rigorous approach is established with  a  special  focus  on  detail,  choosing the pine wood as the primary material,  valuing  the  harmony  and compatibility between this material and the others selected.

▼坡屋顶下的起居空间,living space under the sloping roof © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼以松木为主要材料,choosing the pine wood as the primary material © Ivo Tavares Studio


The apartment was initially very partitioned and with low ceilings. Its spatial transformation arised immediately and intuitively, and involved transforming into a more open plan with higher ceilings taking advantage of the preexisting attic.

▼开放厨房,the open kitchen © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼餐桌,the dining table © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼大面积置物墙,the large shelf © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼烹饪台,the kitchen countertop © Ivo Tavares Studio


Opening the central area, a new functional organization is established, with greater visual relations between the different spaces. Its volumetric was increased, the depth of the apartment was enhanced in its visual relation of the east/west axes, and the natural lighting and ventilation increased.  The new configuration of the space allows a dynamic and flexible experience of the house.

▼东西方向的视觉轴线,visual relation of the east/west axes © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼抛光黄铜制成的隔断,partition made of polished brass © Ivo Tavares Studio


The closed kitchen space is abandoned and a large kitchen countertop and dining room are defined in the central space with a greater ceiling height. This new interior and central volume stand out from the attic as it is covered in polished brass, reflecting the spaces around it. The informal bedroom space relates to the others in the house and can be opened or closed through a scenic element – a golden velvet and silk curtain – that runs along the extension of the brass wall.

▼黄铜隔断与窗帘围合的卧室,bedroom enclosed by brass partitions and curtains © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼从卧室看露台,view of the patio from the bedroom © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼坡屋顶下的空间,bedroom under the sloping roof © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼壁炉,the fireplace © Ivo Tavares Studio


The relocation of the bathroom to the interior of the apartment makes it possible to free all the windows to the central space. This bathroom becomes the only interior space of the house, in which a light tunnel with skylight is introduced.

▼浴室,bathroom © Ivo Tavares Studio


The wallpaper introduces a rich chromatic palette, which spreads to the ceramic tiles of the old chimney and bathroom walls and to the kitchen countertop stone. Furniture, lamps, rugs and the plants were carefully selected as an extension of the architectural project narrative.

▼细部,details © Ivo Tavares Studio

▼图纸,the drawings © BALA atelier

Project name: Apartamento na Almirante Reis
Architecture Office: BALA atelier
Main Architect: Mariana Póvoa, Sílvia Rocio, Pedro Pedroso
Website: www.bala-atelier.com

E-mail: bala@bala-atelier.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bala.atelier/
Location: Avenida Almirante Reis, Lisboa, Portugal
Year of conclusion : 2020
Total area: 90m2 / 90 sqm
Architectural photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio
Website: www.ivotavares.net
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ivotavaresstudio
Instagram: www.instagram.com/ivotavaresstudio

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