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The intervention in this venerable site was carried out in three steps: restoration, rebuilding and extension of the existing ruin

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A ruin and a romantic garden lay dormant in a property in the heart of Porto, overlooking the Douro River.

A careful reading of the site’s specificity and underlying qualities allowed us to preserve and use them as sparks for the project. The intervention in this venerable site was carried out in three steps: restoration, rebuilding and extension of the existing ruin. In the process, the romantic garden was brought back to its former self. A seamless extension added density and stabilized the preexisting building. A new pavilion created a patio for the residents, while overlooking the garden.

The project searches for a new unity, where old and new are not read in contrast but rather as the merging of preexisting qualities and new sober, quiet additions. New will not be immediately perceived as new; old will be restored without losing its glamour; new and old will no longer be new and old. Only the careful glance will have the pleasure to tell which is which.

Porto, Portugal, 2012-2017

plot size: 1000sqm

gross built area: 360sqm

photo credits: FG+SG

The intervention in this venerable site was carried out in three steps: restoration, rebuilding and extension of the existing ruin

The intervention in this venerable site was carried out in three steps: restoration, rebuilding and extension of the existing ruin

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The project searches for a new unity, where old and new are not read in contrast but rather as the merging of preexisting qualities and new sober, quiet additions

The project searches for a new unity, where old and new are not read in contrast but rather as the merging of preexisting qualities and new sober, quiet additions

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  Porto, 2012    as found

Porto, 2012

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A new pavilion created a patio for the residents, while overlooking the garden

A new pavilion created a patio for the residents, while overlooking the garden

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 The romantic garden was brought back to its former self

The romantic garden was brought back to its former self

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  New will not be immediately perceived as new; old will be restored without losing its glamour; new and old will no longer be new and old. Only the careful glance will have the pleasure to tell which is which

New will not be immediately perceived as new; old will be restored without losing its glamour; new and old will no longer be new and old. Only the careful glance will have the pleasure to tell which is which