Lar Familiar by Paulo Moreira architectures

To reversed the original ‘back to front’ layout

Project Specs


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The apartment was renovated during the COVID-19 pandemic. This meant that the construction process had to be adapted for safety reasons, especially as the site had no outside space. In the hall, an area of transition from outdoors to indoors, a small sink and a shoe rack were installed to encourage new domestic habits.

▼项目概览,preview © Ivo Tavares


The original spatial layout was ‘back to front’, with the bedrooms facing the street to the south and the living room and kitchen at the rear of the building facing north. The layout was reversed to make it more functional: the living room and kitchen were moved to the front of the building, and the bedrooms to the rear.

▼客厅,living room © Ivo Tavares

▼客厅局部,living room © Ivo Tavares

▼餐厅,dining area  © Ivo Tavares

▼从餐厅望向客厅,view towards the living room from the dining room © Ivo Tavares

▼厨房,kitchen © Ivo Tavares


The common areas are open and fluid, with the furniture helping to define their function. The concrete pillars and beams were left visible and became part of the spatiality of the apartment. A hybrid, semi-open room may be used as a study. Next to it, there is a toilet and laundry room. A new hierarchy was created in the bedroom area, with one small bedroom (with a disproportionately sized pillar), a medium-sized room (which could be en-suite, as the toilet has two doors), and a master suite. The suite, which occupies the area where the living room was previously located, is divided into three areas: bed, closet and bathroom. A concrete beam runs the full length of the room, bringing natural light to the suite.

▼从公区望向私人区,view towards the private area from the common area © Ivo Tavares

▼隔墙和走廊细节,partition and corridor details © Ivo Tavares

▼走廊,corridor © Ivo Tavares

▼主卧室,master bedroom © Ivo Tavares

▼衣橱和浴室,closet and bathroom © Ivo Tavares


The materials used in the apartment are simple and clearly defined: expressive ceramic flooring, a radiant heating conductor; white, textured walls; a structure made visible by the use of cement-based mortar; and light-coloured wooden blocks at sporadic intervals providing a warm, cosy feel.

▼公区洗手池和浴室,common hand-washing area and toilet © Ivo Tavares

▼轴测图,axon © Paulo Moreira architectures

▼平面图,plan © Paulo Moreira architectures

Project name : Lar Familiar
Architecture Office : Paulo Moreira architectures
Main Architect : Paulo Moreira
Facebook: paulomoreiranet
Instagram: @paulomoreiranet
Location : Porto, Portugal
Year of conclusion : 2020
Total area : 120
Architectural photographer : Ivo Tavares
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