There was the backyard where my grandfather kept a vegetable garden next to the house which, in the past, was the family’s residence — still from a distant time when there was no running water or electricity. When I was a child and spent time with my grandparents, I liked to go to the “quintal” (backyard) house, as it was called. At that time it only served as support for the vegetable garden and shelter for a small rabbit and chicken farm. I’ve always liked the long, narrow, walled-in backyard setup. Continue reading Miguel Marcelino
Expansion of a house in a Lisbon neighborhood of traditional semi-detached houses. The conflict between the regular geometry of the existing house – rectangular – with the small plot with a triangular shape, produces an exceptional situation: the extension body follows a different orientation, consisting in a duplication and rotation of the original volume.
This new building footprint allows the increase of the floor area desired by the clients, keeping the parking space and the outside area at the back, unobstructed due to the higher level than the surrounding area. Continue reading Miguel Marcelino
In one of the many suburbs outside Lisbon that germinated abundantly in the last decades of the last century, a typical narrow and long two-bedroom apartment. Our clients, a young couple with a toddler girl and a newborn baby boy, were looking for a home that could embrace the growth of the family. Continue reading Miguel Marcelino
Sete Rios, Lisbon, a small apartment of the 1960’s with two bedrooms and less than 80m2. The eight meter long balcony contrasts with the meager dimension of the interior compartments. Continue reading Miguel Marcelino