Collective Places


Porto, Portugal Nuno Graça Moura, Arquitecto Lda

practical info

Studio: Nuno Graça Moura, Arquitecto Lda (Porto, Portugal)
Video credits: Carlos Castro

visual material

general aspects

The existing building, designed by the architect Fernando Ferreira and built in1949, is in the corner of Rua da Alegria and Rua Formosa, in Porto.
It was profoundly altered, externally quite degraded and with volumes on the roof that occupied the old terrace.
We propose the refurbishment of the exterior image, the replacement of the degraded stone cladding on the ground floor and first floor with ruivine gray marble. On the roof we propose the demolition of the volumes, recovering the terrace for collective use.
Inside, we include a lift and the recovery of the original entrance and stairwell, to which design adjustments are made. In the first floor we have a living room, an exhibition room, a breakfast room and a small reception. In the remaining 3 upper floors, we foresee subdividing the space into 9 apartments (3 per floor). All spaces have natural light.
The common areas are covered with stone on the floors and plaster on the walls. In the living room and bedrooms, by contrast, the space is subdivided with wooden elements, textiles and mirrors in order to visually expand the small space. The bathrooms and kitchens, all new, are covered in white Estremoz marble.
All details are new, following the principles of the pre-existing building.
All furniture was designed or chosen by the designers.
In each room there is a photograph of the artist Fernando Lemos from the collection of the developer.
The interior of the cafe was not built as designed.

about the category

The original building had been planned for several functions: housing, offices, shop.
Following the clients demand, we planned it also for several functions, namely apartments on the upper three floors, a café on the ground-floor, common areas that included an exhibition room that are also open to the public and a terrace overlooking the city as well.
The apartments are for rental, so that, by now it is being used as a sort of hotel, with minimal services, keeping the common cultural areas open to the public in general.
Therefore, although one cannot include it clearly in one of the named categories (it could be included in both of them), we think it should be included in the category "collective places".