- Ajuda by Arriba, intelligent refurbishing
How many of us dream of a new home when the family grows with the birth of children? This is what happened to the clients of architecture firm Arribabut they didn't want all the cost and hassle involved in moving, so they opted to adapt their home to suit the new needs of the family.
The clients asked for a second bathroom in their 83-square-metre apartment, which originally had three bedrooms and one small living room. Their brief defined the whole layout of the spaces, making the home usable in the years to come, and with an eye to privacy as the children grow.
So the architects from Arriba joined the two central bedrooms and turned them into the new living room, then added a second bathroom in the corridor, near the children's bedroom.
The apartment is in a corner building so it gets sunlight from three sides to the benefit of the single functions. The living room is now the core space of the home, whereas the new bedrooms are at opposite ends to allow privacy for adults and kids alike.
Arriba's refurbishment, showcased in the pictures by photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves that underscore the renewed liveability of the home, is an excellent example of sustainable renewal, given that the old is used to pave the way for the future.
Project: Arriba - http://www.arriba.pt
Location: Ajuda, Portugal
Images: © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
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