131, Apartment with two Columns

The apartment is located in the 'Red Towers' (Torres Vermelhas), a project built by João Serôdio in Porto, in 1972. The intention of the refurbishment was to open up and combine kitchen and living room to form a continuous and bright space with double aspect east and west orientation, while keeping the spirit and principles of the original building intact. A white terrazzo floor flows through all rooms and reflects the light deep into the space.

Combining the kitchen and living room created a rather random room contour. The space was more spacious but also 'lost' integrity. So, as an intervention, we've placed two concrete columns, one on each end. In terms of function these columns provide up-lights that illuminate the ceiling indirectly. In terms of space they introduce an overlayed spatial order, a somehow classical order that counter balances the room, in a strangely comfortable way.

  • Location: Porto
  • Completion: 2020
  • For: Private
  • Size: 101 m²
  • Photography: Antoine Espinasseau