Architects: Nuno Nascimento Arquitectos
Area: 2368 ft²
Photographs: Francisco Nogueira
Manufacturers: Hager, MICROCRETE, Ofa, Ergi, Sanitana
Lead Architects: Nuno Nascimento
Collaborating Architects: Ricardo Guerreiro, Mattia Caccin
Apartment EM is a triplex hidden in the narrow streets of Lisbon. With an existing intricate interior layout and structure, the aim of the project was to define the spaces properly, connecting them to the views of the city.
The first level is occupied with the common areas – living and dining room with an open kitchen – and the second and third floors are occupied with private rooms, with the master suite being on the last floor, opening to the view of downtown Lisbon.
While the structure of the apartment was hidden in the existing stairs and false ceiling, it would never be possible to guess these were all misaligned. It was from this problem that the concept of the aesthetics of the renovation was born.
While dividing the spaces in the living and dining room there was an opportunity to connect a column and a beam with an arc – relating these elements with the existing window openings on the facade. The arc became the main character of the room and spread through the whole apartment.
The stairs began to curve, the carpentries were ornamented as an allusion to the past and the mirrors had no corners anymore.