House at Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas: 18th-century townhouse renovation by Manuel Aires Mateus

Manuel Aires Mateus – one of the two founders of Aires Mateus Arquitectos and ’15 BigMat Award member of the jury – designed the renovation of the lower level of an ageing hillside residence located between Lisbon’s medieval castle and the Romanesque-style city cathedral.

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

 

A succession of everyday spaces occupied the lower floor of an 18th century building on castle hillside. The estate existed illustrating a period and an identity that were clouded due to extended neglect. The plan for the house elected spatial values, designed geometric affinities, precision in relation to exterior windows. The garden made it possible to enhance the depth of the view over the Baixa rooftops and the river. An existing addition was rebuilt to house more private functions. The secular spaces were opened up to incorporate more significant uses. The unexpected discovery of a cistern crosses the depth horizontally and connects with the sky, the most protected space of the house.

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

 

There are almost no corridors, as rooms simply open onto one another. This arrangement prompted Aires Mateus to combine some of the existing spaces. An area at the front of the building now functions as a communal hallway with a staircase leading to the upper floors. The rooms of the home create a U-shaped plan around this space.

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

 

To preserve the historic character, the approach was to keep the interiors as simple as possible. Stone floors and original features such as pilasters and arched openings were preserved, while walls and ceilings were re-plastered and painted white.

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

 


 

Project data

Project name: Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas
Location: Lisbon
Construction date: 2003-2006
Author: Manuel Aires Mateus
Project leader: Bruno Anes
Collaborators: Valentino Capelo Sousa, Maria Rebelo Pinto, Ana Rita Rosa

 


 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon, Manuel Aires Mateus © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

 


 

Documents

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon © Manuel Aires Mateus

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon © Manuel Aires Mateus

 

 

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon © Manuel Aires Mateus

Casa na Rua de São Mamede ao Caldas in Lisbon © Manuel Aires Mateus

 

 


 

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