Prazeres Building

Lisbon, Portugal


Can one house contain another two?

There is a question that is repeated frequently when intervening in an apartment building. In order to have a garden, one needs to renounce the view. In turn, to have the view it means to choose one of the last floors, usually far from where the garden is.
In this case, the client acquired a building to turn into his own house and intends to include two separate apartments for rent. The initial idea for the project came from the client himself who didn’t want to give anything up. The challenge would then be to combine the overall design of the apartments simultaneously with the desire to have a garden and a view in his home.
Thus, the solution was to put the social area of the house at ground level, where the garden is located, and the private areas on the top floor so it can enjoy the view. The private connection between the two floors is made by elevator, while the stairs are shared with the occupants of the middle floors.

Project Prazeres Building

Location Lisbon, Portugal

Client Private

Program Building reconstruction and split into 3 apartments

Area 645 m2

Project Status Built

Date 2014–2016

Architecture Aurora Arquitectos

Architecture Team Sérgio Antunes, Sofia Reis Couto, Rita Ferreira, Pedro França, Bruno Pereira, Tânia Sousa

Engineering Edifiteca

Building supervision Gesconsult

Contractor MAP Engenharia

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