Historic Lisbon Apartment Preserves Ornate Details

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Atelier Veloso Architects finished a apartment that is historic in Lisbon, Portugal. Situated on the first level of a five-storey building dating back to 1893, the loft preserves great details such as the stone masonry walls and the 3.5-meter ceilings with plaster stucco and figurative decorations.

Converting the apartment in order to adapt it to contemporary living needs meant installing new kitchen appliances in areas with reduced difficulties, adding wooden-framed windows and complete replacement of the interior side of the block.

The result is mesmerizing: an airy and loft that is spacious the center of a colorful, bohemian city, filled up with all-natural illumination through the high house windows. A large bookcase was placed, visually complementing the massive decorating ceiling.

This in the living room book-filled wall separates the space in two, making room for an home office that is elegant. The white ceiling is powerfully contrasted by a sculptural light unit displaying an irregular shape and a bright orange profile in the lounge area. The kitchen features an array of materials and textures which transform it into a place that is welcoming family members gatherings. [Photography by José Campos]

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