The Caselas neighborhood in Lisbon was built in 1949 and designed by the architect António Couto Martins.

With a regular and orthogonal organization, this neighborhood is characterized by the adaptation of its urban grid to some pre-existing elements, such as the church, which served as a reference for its main axes.

Located at the edge of Monsanto Forest Park, this neighborhood has a unique and peaceful environment, characteristic of the villages that inspired its design.

It is a social housing neighborhood with semi-detached houses, composed of small two-story plots that have generally maintained their morphological characteristics.

The project aims to adapt the existing construction to everyday needs, with the main challenge being the adaptation of the very small spaces, typical of these houses, to contemporary living.

Respecting the building’s morphology, the intervention consists of the strategic addition of two volumes to the pre-existing structure. To the south, a narrow, single-story volume embraces the different construction periods facing the street. Over the backyard, a three-story volume addresses the main program needs, creating spaces with dimensions suitable for the house’s use.

By distributing the house over three modestly-sized floors, the project seeks to explore the characteristics of rural life found in this type of neighborhood. The organization and distribution of spaces were based on privacy and the relationship between the garden and the house’s social areas.

Lisboa | 2015

Area :  150 sqm

Project stage :  Concluded

Photography : Francisco Nogueira