Building in Costa do Castelo by Aurora Arquitectos

Using vertical elements to complement the dominating horizontality of the outer landscape

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该项目包含两户住宅,位于Costa do Castelo――这是一条环山的街道,街上的建筑掩映着里斯本的城市风光。

This building with two apartments is located in Costa do Castelo, a street that surrounds the hill and where its buildings hide the view towards the city of Lisbon.

▼建筑外观,exterior view © Do Mal o Menos



In the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, the context of rapid city expansion and growing need for housing in Lisbon led to the appearance of buildings dubbed ‘Gaioleiros’. One of the most recognizable features of this type of buildings is the unusually big depth of the lots, marked by corridors running through the apartments across their full length. The original layout of these buildings suggest a polarization of the social and functional areas at both ends, while the bedrooms are organized around a central lightwell.

For this specific ‘Gaioleiro’ located in Costa do Castelo, in addition to the features that inherently belong to this typology, the terrain’s steep slope allows a generous view over Lisbon. The natural consequence would then be a horizontal distribution logic that seeks, above all, a relationship with the landscape.

▼场地环境,context © Do Mal o Menos

▼住宅因其所在的陡峭坡地而拥有了朝向里斯本的广阔视野,the terrain’s steep slope allows a generous view over Lisbon © Do Mal o Menos

▼屋顶泳池,swimming pool on the roof © Do Mal o Menos

▼屋顶露台视野,roof terrace view © Do Mal o Menos


To counteract with the horizontal extension of the plot, an interior void crosses and illuminates every floor. This void organizes the building circulation and allows one to watch the sky or the person two levels below. A vertical view that complements the dominating horizontality of the outer landscape.

▼内部“空隙”为各楼层引入光线,同时将建筑中的交通空间组织起来 © Do Mal o Menos
an interior void crosses and illuminates every floor and organizes the building circulation


Instead, the expansion of the lightwell through its ‘duplication’ and incorporation of the stair core reinforces a relationship that is meant to be zenithal, in search of light and ventilation. Therefore, it ceases to be the element that divides the building in half to become a centripetal force that organizes all its circulations, activities and celebrates its interior.

▼顶层的采光井,lightwell on the upper floor © Do Mal o Menos

▼交通空间,circulation © Do Mal o Menos


The project, which comprises a duplex on the lower floors, and a triplex on the upper floors, develops around this lightwell as a central element able to introduce balance in the preexistent horizontal relations. If, on the one hand, this horizontality spreads the floorplans in search of a vanishing point on the exterior, on the other, it is the lightwell that interconnects all floors, establishing itself as an internal vertical counterpoint. Thus, the polarized design that usually characterizes the plan of such buildings, now suggests the reinterpretation of its own center.

▼顶层起居室和露台,living area and terrace on the top floor © Do Mal o Menos

▼餐厅和走廊,dining area and corridor © Do Mal o Menos

▼卧室区域,bedroom area

▼卧室内部,bedroom interior view © Do Mal o Menos

▼底部双层住宅厨房和餐厅,kitchen and dining area of the duplex © Do Mal o Menos

▼室内细节,interior view © Do Mal o Menos

▼楼梯细节,stair detailed view © Do Mal o Menos

▼起居室,living room © Do Mal o Menos

▼浴室和服务空间,service area © Do Mal o Menos

▼地下层楼梯间,stair well © Do Mal o Menos

▼底层住宅泳池,swimming pool on the basement floor © Do Mal o Menos

▼泳池细节,details © Do Mal o Menos

▼地下一层平面图,first basement floor plan © Aurora Arquitectos

▼地下二层平面图,second basement floor plan © Aurora Arquitectos

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan © Aurora Arquitectos

▼二层平面图,first floor plan © Aurora Arquitectos

▼三层平面图,second floor plan © Aurora Arquitectos

▼四层平面图,third floor plan © Aurora Arquitectos

▼屋顶平面图,roof plan © Aurora Arquitectos

PROJECT Building in Costa do Castelo
LOCATION Lisbon, Portugal
CLIENT Private
PROGRAM Building reconstruction and split into 2 apartments
AREA 800 m2
DATE 2014 – 2019
ARCHITECTURE Aurora Arquitectos
ARCHITECTURE TEAM Sérgio Antunes, Sofia Reis Couto, Rita Ferreira, Pedro França, Bruno Pereira, Tânia Sousa, Valeria Varesco, Rui Baltazar, Carolina Rocha
CONSTRUCTION Manuel Mateus Frazão, Lda

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