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Apartment in Chiado

Commerzn Service Provider



  • Lisbon - Portugal
  • Commerzn Service Provider
  • Nuno Costa e Raul Serra
  • Elisabete Ângelo
  • Apartment in Rua do Ferragial (Chiado) - A house that endures in Time.
    A house made of Memories, composed of a narrative of spaces of different areas and proportions, with a high vaulted ceiling and a direct and effective connection between them. Several wounds and scars from the many uses of the space are visible at every moment, much deeper than the superficial remnants that the prolonged closure brings.
    The first visits began to be enlightening for the construction of a new stage in the life of that space, which, according to the records available, dates back to 1722 (pre-Pombaline) and resisted several stages of the city's history, including the Great Earthquake (1755).
    The project was built on two premises: the program to be defined and the strategy of restoration and preservation of each element and detail, that belonged to the legacy of that place. It was a process of proximity, a project truly solved step-by-step, in close relation with the construction. Over the past several months, indelible treasures have been discovered that shaped the final result: 18th century tiles in footers, massive brick vaults, stone blocks from the Fernandina wall, the original wood shutters, etc.
    The new history that is built for this place intends to be cared and essential, based mainly on details, materials and technology to improve the experience and permanence of it’s different spaces. Artificial light enhances every memory preserved, materials and accessories are sober so they do not overlap the existing space.
    A place with Memories that allows the new experience to be in symbiosis with the layers of History that shape space.

  • emontenegro / architectural photography
  • Commerzn Service Provider
Project description

Apartment in Rua do Ferragial (Chiado) - A house that endures in Time. A house made of Memories, composed of a narrative of spaces of different areas and proportions, with a high vaulted ceiling and a direct and effective connection between them. Several wounds and scars from the many uses of the space are visible at every moment, much deeper than the superficial remnants that the prolonged closure brings. The first visits began to be enlightening for the construction of a new stage in the life of that space, which, according to the records available, dates back to 1722 (pre-Pombaline) and resisted several stages of the city's history, including the Great Earthquake (1755). The project was built on two premises: the program to be defined and the strategy of restoration and preservation of each element and detail, that belonged to the legacy of that place. It was a process of proximity, a project truly solved step-by-step, in close relation with the construction. Over the past several months, indelible treasures have been discovered that shaped the final result: 18th century tiles in footers, massive brick vaults, stone blocks from the Fernandina wall, the original wood shutters, etc. The new history that is built for this place intends to be cared and essential, based mainly on details, materials and technology to improve the experience and permanence of it’s different spaces. Artificial light enhances every memory preserved, materials and accessories are sober so they do not overlap the existing space. A place with Memories that allows the new experience to be in symbiosis with the layers of History that shape space.


Project details
Location:Lisbon - Portugal
Studio NameCommerzn Service Provider
Lead designerNuno Costa e Raul Serra
Design teamElisabete Ângelo
Photography creditsemontenegro / architectural photography
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