This is GRAU.ZERO Architecture’s Modern Apartment Makeover in Aveiro, Portugal.
The Portuguese architecture firm, led by Sérgio Nobre, designed this small space (about 616 sq. ft.) from an outdated existing apartment that’s long and thin. Although currently unfurnished, the interior features bright white walls, fun corners and zig-zagged walls, and a ton of open space. They provided the floor plan so you can get a feel for the house as a whole.
Do you like white walls? How about modern spaces? Read more about what they did to the space on the last page.
GRAU.ZERO Architecture’s Modern Apartment Makeover
Floor plan: Bedroom, bath, kitchen and living (with patio).
Bright blue cabinets contrast with the crisp white walls.
Looks like the fridge is hiding behind the tall set of cupboards.
Dining and living area with a corner wood-burning stove.
Doorway into the funky-shaped bathroom.
Looking from the front door to the living room.
Bedroom doorway. Like the wooden doors.
A close-up of the kitchen counters and tile backsplash.
I’ve never seen a stove put in that direction! Clever.
Looking from the bathroom floor up to the skylight!
Really great light coming from above.
From the architects:
Located in the center of Aveiro, Portugal, this micro-house has only 57 square meters (about 616 sq. ft). In that way, the biggest challenge was to create a contemporary space without disrupting the old features of the construction and its relation with the street.
Therefore, the intervention in the facade privileged the maintenance of the wooden window and door of entry and the recovery of existing elements that were worn by the time, such as the iron grating of the window.
However, the approach inside the dwelling was completely different. Originally, with two interior bedrooms, the house was very subdivided and dark.
For this reason, the option was to demolish all interior walls and change completely the layout of the house, in order to allow an appropriation more adjusted to contemporaneity.
For the roof, was chosen a mixed solution between sandwich panels and polycarbonate sheets, allowing light to enter the innermost part of the dwelling, including a sanitary installation which, despite its interior, has natural light.
The structure of the existing roof was replaced by a new one in wood, left in sight. We had now, a free space of about 45 sq m and an interior patio of 10 sq m. This new wood structure gave a new amplitude to the space, it was then necessary to create a space for the more reserved areas of the house.
As a consequence, a low volume has been created that develops from the entrance and extends to the living room, leaving the kitchen and behind it, the bedroom and a small sanitary installation. Finally, and functioning as the natural extension of the room, is the patio, transformed into a small sitting area with garden, allows the light to reach the interior.
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