Best Implemented Apartment / Private House Interior Design Project

About the project
The Refugium is a newly renovated apartment located near Lisbon on the seafront of Costa da Caparica. The original fishermen's houses were the basis for the renovation which resulted in a pure and minimalist architecture.
The project accepts what it finds and gives it a new life, reusing as many existing elements as possible. Despite the renovation, the features are original and the space consists of 2 bedrooms with a shared bathroom, a kitchen and a living area that opens onto the beach. Microlime natural coating ensures the homogenization of the entire space. The sustainable and principles of the intervention were also extended to the decoration by providing a collaboration with local craftsmen.
The Refugium is a project that looks outwards, that introduces the coastal environment in which it is inserted, although it maintains an inner world of intimacy and family relationships. The balance between the new and the existing ends up ensuring a more honest and genuine result.

Costa da Caparica, Portugal

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Applicant and author of the project
Fábio Ferreira Neves is a Portuguese architect who has been working in Switzerland since 2012. Since then, he has developed projects as an independent architect both in Switzerland and Portugal. In a constant search for the balance between local and global, his architecture is characterised by an enormous attention to place, context and tradition. The use of pure and tactile materials in his buildings come together in a portfolio that has been awarded, published and exhibited internationally.

Other Participants
Client: Cátia Coelho
Contractor: Ferreira e Emílio Chagas
Coating: Cores e Texturas
Carpenter: Lucínio Ferreira Neves
Suppliers: Diasen, J. Pinto Leitão, Porcelanosa, Meireles, Efapel and Nordlux
Photos: David Pereira


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