C R Apartment by Vitor Almeida

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
C R

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Apartment

INSPIRATION:
The main goal was for the interventions to be silent, so much so that they should go un-noticed and not dispute the attention for the pre-existing details. The history of the home is communicated through the preserved design details and extravagant touches, whilst the story of the residents and their preferences are subtly integrated into the apartment through their modern and minimalist updates.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The apartment is integrated into a building originally designed as a Hotel Particulier in what was originaly the social floor. The focus of the design program was on the maintenance and restoration of the architectural heritage of the property, whilst transforming it to cater to the new family, adding 5 bathrooms to the only existing one. The intervention needed to be silent, and therefore, timeless 21st furniture pieces were chosen to effortlessly blend with the 18th-century original grandeur.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The original area that this apartment now ocupies was a social floor of a Hotel Particulier with eleven living rooms and one bathroom. These ample rooms were adorned with colourful mural and ceiling paintings that the architect wanted to preserve. The adjustment to a residencial program meant bedrooms, bathrooms and a kitchen would need to be integrated in the existing areas. In order to acomplish this in a discreet manner that would not interfeer with the rich decor of the walls and ceilings, structural furniture and partitions were added to create these new spaces, with the adition of materials that only accentuated the existing colors. Glass and mirrors with brass were prefered for these partition units and furniture. The transition between areas has an organic flow. The luxurious vibe and the blend between old and new is felt all throughout the apartment without separation lines.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in May 2019 and was completed in June 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Artisan painters were brought in to restore the mural and ceiling paintings. For the new intervention, structural furniture and partitions were created in glass and mirrors, stainless steel and brass. We also find various shades of velvet and diferent marble stones that play with the original colours of the apartment.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Gross Area is of 315 m2.

TAGS:
refurbishment, historic property, blending styles, luxurious interiors,

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
To start the architect did a carefull research of the building's history as well as the architecture era it illustrates. He also needed to understand the client's needs as well as her family's dynamics in order to better design their ideal home. Then came the design process that involved designing new areas and ways in which these could be integrated in the original layout. The furniture pieces were each carefully researched and selected to create a seamless blend of the design of two different times, 18th and 21st centuries.

CHALLENGE:
The most challenging part of this project was to be able to preserve the rich mural paintings and historic aspects of the property and still introduce new areas that are key to family living, such as more bathrooms and bedrooms.

ADDED DATE:
2021-03-03 18:34:12

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IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1 - Photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves, 2020,
Image #2 - Photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves, 2020,
Image #3 - Photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves, 2020,
Image #4 - Photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves, 2020,
Image #5 - Photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves, 2020

CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Eu.Sei.Que.Vou.Te.Amar

PROFILE:
Eu.Sei.Que.Vou.Te.Amar is an architecture and interior design studio founded in Porto, Portugal in 2003 by architect Vitor Almeida. Vitor Almeida based the foundations of his practice in the concept of Interior Tailoring. Each space created is enveloped in absolute uniqueness and inspired not by seasonal tendencies but by the reflection of his creative universe and the strong clean design aesthetic of contemporary architecture. Nowadays, Vitor Almeida’s office counts on a multidisciplinary team to assist him in responding to a growing demand for his work. Precision and sophistication are two of the most important traits that make up the DNA of the architect's signature. And it is to the sound of the legendary Tom Jobim that he creates the spaces that awaken a lifelong love affair with architecture.

NOMINATION DETAILS

C R Apartment by Vitor Almeida is a Nominee in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

C R Apartment by Vitor Almeida is Winner in Interior Space and Exhibition Design Category, 2020 - 2021.



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