Manchester Building by Rita Aguiar Rodrigues

Architectural rehabilitation where new and old intermingle

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This 20th century building is located in the Lisbon neighbourhood of Anjos. It 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.

▼改造后的建筑外观,external view of the building after rehabilitation ©Francisco Nogueira

▼街景,street view ©Francisco Nogueira


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.

▼改造前后建筑入口对比,contrast of the entrance before and after rehabilitation ©Francisco Nogueira

▼改造前后门厅空间对比,contrast of the entrance hall before and after rehabilitation ©Francisco Nogueira

▼地下室,通向电梯的走廊,basement, corridor connecting to the elevator ©Francisco Nogueira

▼改造后的信箱,mail box after rehabilitation ©Francisco Nogueira

▼连接公寓的楼梯,stairs connecting to the apartments ©Francisco Nogueira

▼楼梯细部,details of the stairs ©Francisco Nogueira

▼改造后的公寓,根据住户的需求部分定制,apartments after rehabilitation, partially customized according to the new owners ©Francisco Nogueira

▼阳台扩建,带来更多私人户外空间,extended balconies increasing private outdoor space ©Francisco Nogueira


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.

▼改造后的建筑背立面,back facade of the building after rehabilitation ©Francisco Nogueira


▼一层平面图,ground floor plan ©Rita Aguiar Rodrigues

▼二层平面图,second floor plan ©Rita Aguiar Rodrigues

▼三层平面图,third floor plan ©Rita Aguiar Rodrigues

▼立面图,elevations ©Rita Aguiar Rodrigues

▼剖面图,sections ©Rita Aguiar Rodrigues

Date: 2017 – 2020
Gross Floor Area: 1100 m
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

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