A significant challenge: to rehabilitate a 19 th
century building at Porto’s historic centre, on a symbolic area such as the Infante
Square, opposite to the Mercado Ferreira Borges and Bolsa Palace.
The program’s focus was to transform the upper floors of the building and adapt
them in order to receive an office floor and seven apartments, two with a
duplex typology. The office floor will make the transition between the dining
establishment on the ground floot, the old Restaurante Comercial, and the floors for housing; the normal function of the
restaurant won’t reduce the comfort in the apartments.
The intervention is also conditioned by a previous, already performed, configuration;
the vertical distribution, stair and lift, and also the new metal structure.
From these constraints, coupled with the specificity of the building, we have
tried to balance both the uniqueness of the spatial characteristics of the 19 th
century construction and the introduction of modern elements, associated with
At the façade, the determinant change has been the alteration of colours; it
had a fundamental role the attention given to the tiles at the ground floor which
make a sort of frame to the existing finish in elegant iron.