Porto-based architectural office OODA renovated the The DM2 Building, a 20th century building in Porto’s downtown, converting it into 17 housing units for students and “young people in general”.
In the late twentieth century, “The property became divided by several independent floors with features framed in services and trade and lower floors have been completely redesigned and trace assets were hidden in part and / or removed from the particular frames original, wood structure of the floors (now concrete) and traditional skylight at top of stairs.” says OODA.
“Indeed, the draft D.Manuel intended to rebuild the property, returning the initial function of integral housing, recovering traces of hidden identity, reinterpreting traditional elements and giving the building a new sense of contemporary housing program with a set of typologies ace current market needs.”
The apartments range in size between 28sqm and 105sqm, are spread over five floors and are accompanied by a landscaped patio intended for parking.
“The rehabilitation now completed, restores the original residential function, underlines the unique formal and constructive characteristics and adapt to a contemporary urban reality of the city of Oporto.”
Name: DM2 Housing
Size: 1,100 SQM
Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisca Santos, Lourenço Menezes Rodrigues
Location: Rua D.manuel II, Porto, Portugal