The “Redondo” is the last of a row of four buildings built at the beginning of the 20th century in the center of Coimbra. Its cylindrical shape responds to the oblique cross between two streets, and gives the building a certain singularity and its name. The original organization in two independent houses: an apartment on the ground floor and a house with two floors and garret on the upper levels, was maintained.
▼Redondo位于科英布拉市中心，The “Redondo” is located in the center of Coimbra ©Do Mal o Menos
▼建筑外观，exterior ©Do Mal o Menos
The original layouts were very fragmented: several small rooms around a large hall. Their high ceilings conferred the inside space a characteristic sense of verticality.
▼圆柱形的体量迎合了两条街道之间倾斜的交叉口，the cylindrical shape responds to the oblique cross between two streets ©Do Mal o Menos
▼原有的墙壁被精确地打通，构建出水平的空间，through a series of precise cuts on the walls connecting the vertical ones, the horizontal space is introduced ©Do Mal o Menos (left) ©branco-delrio arquitectos
▼最终的空间呈现为一个完整的序列， the resulting space is the sequence of the original ones ©Do Mal o Menos
▼简洁的用料为整个空间赋予了特定的统一感和平衡感，the reduced materiality of all these objects give the whole a certain unity and balance ©Do Mal o Menos
▼客厅一角，living room ©Asier Rua
▼浴室，bathroom ©Asier Rua
The intervention is based in 3+1 operations:
1. Through a series of precise cuts on the walls connecting the vertical ones, the horizontal space is introduced, whereas the original room proportions are kept readable on the ceilings. The resulting space is the sequence of the original ones, with its rhythms of windows, doors, details, lights and shadows.
2. All the infrastructures are integrated and hidden to maintain the original character of space. The result gives the feeling that nothing was done.
3. All the practical functions are solved with a series of free standing pieces: furniture. The reduced materiality of all these objects (built on oak and sucupira wood) give the whole a certain unity and balance.
+1. On the original garret, the elimination of a whole roof plane creates an uncovered patio. An ambiguous space between inside and outside, open and private, with a beautiful view of the city.
▼顶层阁楼，garret ©Do Mal o Menos
©Do Mal o Menos
▼原有阁楼的屋顶板被完整地拆除，形成一个露天平台，on the original garret, the elimination of a whole roof plane creates an uncovered patio ©Do Mal o Menos
▼改造前后轴测示意（2层） ，axonometric scheme before and now (first floor)
▼改造前后轴测示意（屋顶层） ，axonometric scheme before and now (third floor)
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼二层平面图，first floor plan
▼三层平面图，second floor plan
▼顶层平面图，third floor plan
ARQUITECTURA:João Branco, Paula del Rio
COLABORADORES: Gerson Rei
FISCALIZAÇÃO: André Leão
ESTRUTURA: Em Branco, Engenharia
ELECTRICIDADE: Fernando Canha