Spanish landscape gardener Jesús Moraime turns to nature as his inspiration in the refurbishment of a Pombalino building in Lisbon.
Baixa House, featured in today's Architect Visit: A Historical Renovation in Lisbon, is an apartment hotel in the city's historic district, designed for for travelers looking for more than a hotel experience. To create a modern yet lived-in feel in the building's 12 apartments, Moraime enlisted the help of fellow ex-pats Javier Carrasco and Juan de Mayoralgo of the design firm Ugo. Moraime's good friend, the design journalist Maria Ulecia, hit upon the idea of naming each apartment after a city park. Moraime, an avid botanist and an expert on Arab gardens, embraced the idea and used each park to serve as inspiration for the look and feel of each individual apartment. For more information on the hotel (and to read Moraime's charming descriptions of each park), visit: Baixa House
Above: An original folding door with natural ventilation slats.
Above: A living room in the Estrela Garden apartment; the designers mixed high and low pieces, such as a white Ikea sofa with an antique bench. In the distance, a kitchen with marble counter features greenery on the counter.
Above: The tiling on the walls is a legacy of the country's Moorish past. While decorative, the tiles also help to control the climate in a building. Each apartment features a photograph taken by Moraime in each of the gardens.
Above: Handcrafted Portuguese pieces were part of the design mandate.
Above: The blue Portuguese notebook on the desk is for guests to leave their recommendations on any local finds.
Above: These Alentejo rugs are hand-woven on wooden looms in the Alentejo region of Portugal and are also used as blankets. Only one factory remains that still produces them in the traditional manner; they are available in Lisbon at A Vida Portuguesa.
Above: A simple breakfast is provided daily (freshly baked bread is delivered each morning in a linen bag hung on the door). Classic Portuguese Bordallo Pinheiro pottery is mixed with modern pieces.
Above: A chair and stool in the Fronteira Apartment. Carrasco and de Mayoralgo scoured flea markets, antique stores, and eBay to find furnishings for the apartments.
Above: A patio with a glimpse of the tiled facade.
Above: Antique botanical posters on the far wall.
Above: Touches of color are weaved throughout the interior, with green as a constant.
Above: A patio in a first floor apartment.
Above: The striped blanket on the bed is made with sheep's wool bed woven in a traditional Portuguese style.