An old printing office, in Avenidas Novas, Lisbon, has been transformed into a loft due to a total renovation, illustrating how carefully designed spatial aesthetic solutions can dignify a prior decaying and gloomy space.
▼室内空间一览，overall view of the interior ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
Vacant for the last 15 years, the space, although with remarkably high ceilings, had lack of natural lighting and ventilation, being this one of the major architectural modifications needed to infuse brightness and intensity into the loft.
▼入口和上层客厅，entrance and upper living space ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼楼梯通向下层生活的空间，stair connecting to the lower space ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
Having been preserved some of its original features, the apartment now provides a sense of physical greatness and movement. To experience this new dynamic, it was essential to flood the space with natural lighting by removing the existing sanitary facilities, on the semi ground-floor, and to design an enormous opening in the lower level, allowing it to receive even more luminosity and ventilation.
▼底层空间的开洞让自然光充斥室内，opening on the lower floor allowing natural light to flood into the space ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
While the open kitchen connects to the dining area, this one communicates with the living room/additional bedroom and ensuite through large glass sliding doors. Because it’s a loft with much available space, the rooms present, themselves, an interesting eclecticism where the living room and one of the bedrooms can occupy both the ground-floor or the lower level at the bottom, depending on which preference.
▼客厅通过玻璃滑门与餐厅分隔，the living space is defined from the dining space by glass sliding doors ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼透过玻璃滑门，从餐厅看向起居室，view to the living space from the dining space through the glass sliding door ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼与厨房相连的餐厅，dining space connected with the kitchen ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼厨房后带浴室的卧室，en-suite bedroom behind the kitchen ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
It’s on the lower floor, the most complete one, that sanitary facilities can be found, being that in the ensuite, the already existing bathroom, was kept on the same place but with the required modifications, in particular the creation of two separate compartments for different uses, ensuring functionality and mobility. Here, the existing front façade opening was expanded to illuminate and ventilate the space as much as possible.
▼卫生间分区保证使用的灵活性，the separate compartments of the washroom ensuring the mobility ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼打开玻璃滑门后，卧室与其他空间连成整体，the bedroom integrated with other spaces when the glass door is open ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼从卧室配套卫生间看向餐厅和客厅，view to the dining and living spaces from the en-suite washroom ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
At the rear, a small terrace and another sanitary facility with an independent bathtub dug on the floor were designed. This unusual and cosy volume, presents itself as a detached piece with a certain distance to the ceiling, thus making it a good choice for leisure activities such as reading.
▼住宅后部设置小露台和浴室，small terrace and bathroom at the rear of the house ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼住宅后部的浴室体块，可供儿童攀爬，volume with bathroom at the rear of the house, providing a place for children to play ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼住宅后部的小露台，small terrance on the rear of the house ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼孩子在露台玩耍，children playing in the terrwace
▼嵌入地面的浴缸，dug on the floor bathtub ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼从浴室看向露台，view to the terrace from the bathroom ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
For its easy maintenance, micro-cement on the floor, metal plate on the stairs, lacquered MDF furniture in white or black colours, and glass, were the selected materials, whereas unifies the unpretentious and continuous aesthetics appropriate for a Loft. The exception goes to the semi-handmade tile, in green-pastel colour, which coats the whole end wall at the back and the upper part of the detached volume, reflecting and enlarging the natural light that floods them. Flexibility and natural flow in the space are assured.
▼半手工制作的浅绿色瓷砖反射自然光，semi-handmade green-pastel tiles reflecting the natural light ©FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
▼低层平面图，lower floor plan ©João Tiago Aguiar
▼上层平面图，upper floor plan ©João Tiago Aguiar
▼剖面图，sections ©João Tiago Aguiar
Project name: Av Novas Loft
Company name: João Tiago Aguiar, architects
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Project location: Lisbon, Portugal
Completion Year: 2020
Construction Area: 155m2
Responsible Architects: João Tiago Aguiar
Project team: Maria Sousa Otto, André Silva, Susana Luís, Rúben Mateus, Arianna Camozzi, Samanta Cardoso de Menezes, Diogo Romão, João Nery Morais, Constança Lino, Renata Vieira.
Client: Número A
Photograph credits: FG+SG – Architecture Photograph
Photographer´s website: www.ultimasreportagens.com
SANINDUSA|sanitários, sanitary equipment
EFAPEL|intercomunicador e aparelhagem eléctrica, door comunication, switches and systems
CEVICA|azulejo semi-artesanal, semi-handmade tiles
BAUKELL|serralharias, metal work
SOSOARES|caixilharias, window frames
VIDREIRA DE BELAS|vidros, glasses