A series of buildings in the historical center of Lagos, Portugal, that formed a quarter, were totally reconstructed to replace the former very degraded structures that were without possibility of adaptation.
The new Multi-Family Housing Building consists of two houses with two bedrooms and 11 houses with three bedrooms, for a total of 13 houses, spread over three floors with basement parking, gym, indoor and outdoor pool.
“A single core access makes the distribution in outer gallery, promoting the area for residential use.” say the architects. “The facade and interior layout promote the relation of the rooms (living area) with the streets. Circulations, private and service areas (bedrooms and kitchens) are oriented towards the interior of the building.”
“Entrance to the building is made via a courtyard promoting a private outdoor use. The landscape views led to the creation of a leisure platform on the roof with pool and chairs for contemplation of the Lagos Bay and the urban structure inserted in the historical city-walls. The basement has an interior pool, showers, Turkish bath, sauna and gym.”
“The presented solution was developed as 3 separate volumes, corresponding to different dimensions of implementation, in order to follow the topography of the streets and control building height. This volumetric utmost importance in the structuring of different identities, having chosen to take this sectioning and reinforce it with wedges and distinct window metrics. There are also variations in the window’s protections, which contributes to the individualization.”
Date of project: 2011
Date of completion: 2012
Location: Lagos’ historical centre, Algarve – Portugal
Building area: 2605.00 m2
Plot area: 879.50 m2
Client: Santos da Terra, Real Estate Investments
Cost: 390.000 €
Program: Rehabilitation of a Quarter in the historic center of Lagos – 13 Houses
Architects: Vitor Vilhena, Michael Vieira, Liliana Sequeira, Mario Espinha