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Rehabilitation of a 19th century building at Porto’s historic centre, on a symbolic area such as the Infante Square, opposite to the Mercado Ferr… Read More
Rehabilitation of a 19th 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. Thought to be the house, untill 1906, of the Baron of Forrester, proeminent figure of Porto Wine. Read Less
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FORRESTER BUILDING
REHABILITATION OF A 19TH CENTURY BUILDING AT OPORTO´S WORLD HERITAGE AREA
A significant challenge: to rehabilitate a 19 thcentury building at Porto’s historic centre, on a symbolic area such as the InfanteSquare, opposite to the Mercado Ferreira Borges and Bolsa Palace.
The program’s focus was to transform the upper floors of the building and adaptthem in order to receive an office floor and seven apartments, two with aduplex typology. The office floor will make the transition between the diningestablishment on the ground floot, the old Restaurante Comercial, and the floors for housing; the normal function of therestaurant 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 havetried to balance both the uniqueness of the spatial characteristics of the 19 thcentury construction and the introduction of modern elements, associated withcontemporary living.
At the façade, the determinant change has been the alteration of colours; ithad a fundamental role the attention given to the tiles at the ground floor whichmake a sort of frame to the existing finish in elegant iron.