Building Restoration in Travessa do Ferraz

Best Implemented Project of Private Residence

About the project
The challenge of this project was to create a contemporary interior that, starting from this pre-existing building, would recreate a configuration of spaces and materials with strong references to Porto’s 19th century architecture.
Currently, the building comprises two dwellings and a space with a commercial vocation. The dwellings are organized into two overlapping autonomous units, one studio apartment and the other a 3-bedroom apartment. The last floor rises above the surroundings, projecting a view over the Historic Centre of Porto from a generous balcony.
As it is a restoration, the project sought an approach to the original materials and construction techniques of the 19th century. The existing stone walls were restored and prepared to receive the new structure, composed of wooden beams that support ceilings and floors in the same material. Perimeter metal beams fixed to the stone walls and connected to the wooden structural elements stabilize the whole.

Travessa do Ferraz 2, 4050-251 Porto, Portugal

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Applicant and authors of the project
Paulo Freitas e Maria João Marques Arquitectos.
Paulo Freitas and Maria João Marques have worked together since 1999. In 2009, Paulo Freitas e Maria João Marques Arquitectos, Lda. was launched, developing projects in the areas of restoration, renovation and enhancement of the Portuguese architectural heritage. They also create exhibition and editorial projects, and architectural surveys of heritage buildings. Their work has been awarded and published in Portugal, France and the United States of America.

Other participants
Property Owner / Marco Manuel Marcelo Magalhães
Contractor / Justino Silva Construções, Unipessoal, Lda.
Structural Engineering / POLIEDRO – Centro de Projectos de Construção, Lda.
Hydraulics / Fernanda Valente, Unipessoal, Lda.
Thermal Behaviour / Enescoord – Coordenação Gestão de Projetos e Obras, Lda
Electrical and Telecommunications Infrastructure / Enescoord – Coordenação Gestão de Projetos e Obras, Lda
Woodwork / Feitios e Tamanhos – Carpintarias, Lda.
Photo Credits / Inês d'Orey