Apartment in Lapa by Filipe Fonseca Costa

Filipe Fonseca da Costa keeps things simple in renovated Lisbon apartment

Portuguese architect Filipe Fonseca da Costa has renovated an apartment in southwest Lisbon, creating bright living spaces while highlighting structural details.

Apartment in Lapa by Filipe Fonseca Costa

The 240-square-metre Apartment in Lapa is located within an ageing residential block.

Its owners – a young French couple with two children – charged Filipe Fonseca da Costa with returning the apartment "to the past".

Apartment in Lapa by Filipe Fonseca Costa

"It had been successively adulterated and demolished so that it had lost its original layout," explained Costa, "so I had to clarify and balance the several coexisting epochs in the same space."

Apartment in Lapa by Filipe Fonseca Costa

The renovation sees structural I-beams, iron columns and worn brick wall sections left exposed.

Meanwhile the majority of the living areas, including the kitchen, are painted white to create a more open feel.

Apartment in Lapa by Filipe Fonseca Costa

Complementary pale cabinetry is installed in the kitchen, while a light grey sofa dominates the sitting room. Splashes of colour are provided by a mottled green rug and potted plants that sit atop the dark wood dining table.

Outside is a terrace where inhabitants can sunbathe, and a small garden that overlooks a nearby river.

Apartment in Lapa by Filipe Fonseca Costa

The white colour scheme continues through to the bedrooms, one of which opens onto a gravel-filled outdoor courtyard.

All of the other tall walkways in the apartment have been preserved, which Costa has fitted with shutter-style doors or curtains to give additional privacy to rooms when required.

Apartment in Lapa by Filipe Fonseca Costa

Lapa is home to a number of recent renovations. One by Bak Gordon Arquitectos sees a house transformed into two flats that now share a secluded courtyard garden and swimming pool.

Studio Gameiro also overhauled a Lapa apartment to feature aged fresco walls and concrete floors inlaid with coloured marble – the project was shortlisted in the residential interior category of Dezeen Awards 2018.

Photography is by Eduardo Nascimento from Do Mal o Menos.


Project credits:

Architects: Filipe Fonseca da Costa
Construction: Robraz, Lda
Engineering: Pedro Machado

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