Balancing the need for privacy with a neighborhood connection, this introspective residence in Lisbon invests in useful—yet playful—details.
The Bartolomeu Dias Building is down the street from the Jerónimos Monastery and the Belém Tower, both UNESCO heritage sites known for their elaborate, Manueline (early 16th-century Gothic) architecture. It has an enviable rooftop view overlooking an expanse of red tile roofs and the mighty River Tagus. Aurora Arquitectos found the location both an inspiration and a challenge.
A sharp increase in tourism, housing speculation, and gentrification made it difficult, says Sérgio Antunes, co-founder of Aurora Arquitectos, to maintain the “sense of neighborhood” the owners wanted. To this end, the team closed off the first floor facade from busy Bartolomeu Dias Street and moved the social spaces—the kitchen, dining, and living areas—to the top of the house, where family and guests could take advantage of the view. The lower floors became the private areas, bedrooms, and study spaces.
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