Fahr 021.3 adds turquoise hue and playful shapes to family home in Porto

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Fahr 021.3, a local architectural studio, refurbished a young family home in Porto, Portugal, inspired by social architectural projects seen in Portugal in the 1960s and 1970s.

The studio has transformed a three-story building for a family with two children who wanted to live near the city center, leaving little of the original structure.

The house features turquoise doors and window frames

“As long as we used only stone partition walls, we refurbished them with little use of existing structures, forcing us to reuse materials that would not increase the load on the walls or endanger their properties or properties. “Fahr 021.3 chief architect Filipa Frois Almeida told Dezeen.

On the ground floor of the house is a garage, living room, dining room, kitchen and small bathroom.

Family house in Porto by Fahr0213
The bedroom is on the ground floor

There are 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on the ground floor, and the attic functions as a multipurpose space.

The studio was inspired by two contrasting types of buildings when designing a 250 sqm house.

Interior of the house in Porto
Fahr 021.3 is inspired by a mid-century modern home

“The inspiration came from a combination of two elements: informal and traditional houses from the early 20th century and the social architectural projects characteristic of the city of Porto in the 1960s and 70s,” said Frois Almeida. ..

“Its formal simplicity and lack of decoration primarily valued the human, social and urban scale of the building.”

Livinho room with Portufal pastel furniture
Pastel furniture decorates the living room

Inside the house, Fahr 021.3 used wooden floorboards and wooden siding to contrast with the clean white walls, and added pale turquoise details to liven up the room.

Sunshades are used in bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms to connect separate spaces and create a calm atmosphere. In the living room, pastel furniture matches the turquoise color.

Bedroom in Porto's house
Kids room also features pastel colors

According to architects, the use of colors in this way is common in the city.

“Open and fresh colors are somewhat common in small single-family homes in Porto as an element of distinction and personal appreciation,” Frois Almeida explained.

The turquoise color is also used on the exterior walls of the house, in contrast to the gray façade.

Playful details have been added in the form of curved steel railings that act as a barrier to the balconies on the upper floors and add a touch of another color to the house.

Turquoise kitchen in a Portuguese house
The same pale turquoise is used in all rooms

Turquoise details also help give the home an identity.

“Colors allow us to identify the unique identity of the building itself, which makes it stand out in front of the integrated city,” says Frois Almeida.

“It not only reveals this internally, but also shares this intent with neighbors and passers-by.”

Semi-circular hole in the wall of Porto's house
There is a hidden corner in the living room

In addition to the pastel color scheme, Fahr 021.3 adds a rounded shape to the house to create a playful atmosphere.

In the living room, a semi-circular notch led to the playground under the stairs, and rectangular windows were used for small windows, cabinet door handles, and even electrical sockets.

Green cupboard
Curved details were used throughout the house

“‘Nature hates straight lines’ is the title of an exhibition by our favorite Portuguese artist, Gabriella Albergaria,” said Frois Almeida.

“Building construction is still far from reality, imposing rules, standards and construction techniques that are completely unavoidable or unavoidable, so these elements are like a small balance of straight lines and curves,” she said. Added. ..

Living room wooden floor with glossy walls
Large windows open outwards

The studio has also added practical solutions to the interior, such as the pegboard walls in the hallway where families can store their bikes and hang bags.

The Portuguese studio Fara Atelier has also recently added a candy-colored accent to Porto’s home, a renovated abandoned 18th-century townhouse.

In another recent Porto project, Buck Gordon Architectos added a concrete “garden pavilion” to a 19th-century home.

The photo is by Jose Campos.

Project credit:

Design company: Fahr 021.3
team: Filipa Frois Almeida, Hugo Wraith, Catalina Azevedo, Sergio Marafona
engineering: NCREP
construction: Nico Dobra

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