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A Family House in Porto Restored, Traditional Tile Included

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A Family House in Porto Restored, Traditional Tile Included

May 29, 2017

In the arts district of Porto, Portugal, architects Margarida Leitão and Luis Sobral of depA have transformed a three-story building—once a single-family home—into a collection of five separate units.

The house, called Casa do Rosário, takes its name from the busy Rua do Rosário it overlooks. Built in the 19th century, the building’s three levels had been split over time into three family homes, each divergent in style. The architects were tasked with restoring the building’s original architectural intent while simultaneously carving out an additional two units. Altogether the building now has five units: two for resident families—including a family that has called the building home for more than 60 years—plus three offered for short-term rent.

Rooms in Casa do Rosário start at $58 per night with a three-night minimum. To book, visit Airbnb.

Photography by José Campos.

Apartment One

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Above: The first-floor rental apartment facing Rosário Street.
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Above: The architects retained original details such as wall moulding, windows, and shutters wherever possible.
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Above: The plywood kitchenette has an electric stovetop and a fridge and microwave hidden beneath. Interior windows let natural light into the bathroom, hallway, and sleeping alcove.

Apartment Two

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Above: A pair of Acapulco chairs in a lounge area.
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Above: The tiled floor extends into the bathroom.
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Above: The second first-floor unit faces the backyard, with a sunroom attached.
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Above: The architects designed a plywood double bed platform to be installed into a sleeping alcove off the living room.
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Above: The yellow tiles are from Projecto Mosaico in Sintra, Portugal. The original 19th-century ceiling beams are exposed in the sunroom.
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Above: A view into the tiled kitchen.
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Above: A sleeping loft under the eaves.

Apartment Three

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Above: The second-floor unit facing the street has a futon sofa bed designed by the architects and three large living room windows.
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Above: A lofted double bed is accessible via ladder to the mezzanine.
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Above: The architects installed a white-painted slatted wood wall detail behind the small dining set.

Shared Spaces

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Above: The building’s original, 19th-century central staircase ties all five units together. The stairwell is lit from above via skylight, and the shared entryway is again lined in yellow Portuguese tiles.
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Above: Two units have direct access to the backyard garden, and the top-floor unit, which is wrapped in corrugated metal, has a deck of its own.

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