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Casa Kala, Porto, Portugal by Ren Ito Arq

Project name:
Casa Kala
Architecture firm:
Ren Ito Arq
Porto, Portugal
Ivo Tavares Studio
Principal architect:
Ren Ito
Design team:
Construction prosecutor: Paulo Pinto. Stability Project: Filipa Abreu. Hydraulic Installations and Equipment: Fernanda Valente. Electrical Installations and Equipment, Telecommunication and Active Safety: Alexandre F. Martins (GPIC, l.da). AVAC and Ventilation Mechanical Installations and Equipment: Diogo Correia. Gas Installations and Equipment: Liliana Lourenço. Acoustic Conditioning: Liliana Lourenço. Thermal Comfort: Diogo Correia. Fire Safety File: Liliana Lourenço
Interior design:
Built area:
491 m²
Site area:
Design year:
Completion year:
Civil engineer:
Structural engineer:
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Tools used:
Empatobra. LDA
Residential › House

Ren Ito Arq: This is a renovation project for accommodation in an old, detached house in the city center of Porto, Portugal.

The existing house was designed by Januário Godinho, a prominent Portuguese architect. However, as it had been left unused for almost 10 years, the roof and floor had fallen off, and it was an unlivable situation.

The building is almost rectangular, located in the center of the site, and has four floors including a basement and an attic. It is located on a higher level than the front street and is approached from the southwest using a ramp. Also, along the north wall, there is a one-story building that once housed a garage and laundry.

The renovated building has an entrance hall, two guest rooms, a reception, a dining room, a kitchen, and a bathroom on the first floor, and five guest rooms on the second floor, with stairs leading to the attic. Each room has its own bathroom. The original design of the staircase hall was kept as much as possible, and the existing plastered ceiling and chandelier were renovated. As for other parts, the external appearance was kept as unchanged as possible, and the internal parts were refurbished to match the current safety and environmental performance.

By Alfredo Gonzalez

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