Lisbon-based architectural practice Pedro Matos Gameiro implemented a project — House in Alfama, a rare example of a medieval building in an area dominated by buildings raised since the earthquake of 1755.
The challenge was to renovate a residence, that had resulted from the break-up of a larger palace complex that still exists. The team of Pedro Matos Gameiro extended and altered the house in a way, that aims to clarify the internal argument of the complex, reinforcing its inner meaning.
The courtyards determine the organization of the house and the spaces between them are what form the focus of the programme — all renovated and given a new life.
Due to unroofed appearance of the complex, it may resemble as a ruin. However, this idea creates a strong connection in between the house and the nature, and also evokes pleasure, given the way the courtyards are available to be used as outdoor rooms, stripped of any immediate function. For example, one of the outdoor rooms serves as a pool.