ISSUE 5  |  Inspired by Iberia

Baixa House in Lisbon

January 30, 2012 11:30 AM

BY Alexa Hotz

On a future (imaginary) trip to Lisbon, we're planning a stay in this renovated 18th-century rental apartment in Baixa House, located in the city's historic district.

The flat is located in the restored Pombalino building, a five-story masonry and timber structure constructed in the late 18th century after the 1755 earthquake, which destroyed much of Lisbon. Owned by Spanish landscape gardener Jesús Moraime, the interior was reworked by Lisbon-based José Adrião Architecto, who created 12 apartments, all of which are available to rent short term.

Many of the building's original features have been retained: the wide floor boards, the ceiling timbers, the intricate tile work (in cases where the original tiles had to be replaced, the architects used reproduction tile produced locally in Lisbon), and the window frames and doors. "The transformations were few, we only tried to restore and repair the elements that were damaged or missing," says João Albuquerque Matos. For more information, go to Baixa House (we'll be posting on the interior design later today).

Photography by Fernado Guerra + Sérgio Guerra Fotografia de Arquitectura.