A family house renovation, Boatvista is the brainchild of the team at Pablo Pita Arquitectos, named for the street on which it lives on which happens to be one of the busiest in Porto, North Portugal. The house was in ruins and was barely a home at the beginning of the project. Despite being built sometime in the past century, the old Boatvista still possessed 260-square-meters of private garden space behind it, opposing the bustling street at its front. Connected by 260 square meters of living space.
The building could only be as wide as its neighboring structures allowed, which was already long decided. So, renovation placed emphasis and concentration on cleaning up the front and back, with plans to open up the space between the street and the garden. Now, the kitchen doubles as a corridor with a transferrable island in the center, conferring a new flexibility to the area. Additionally, the kitchen opens out onto an indoor courtyard, divided by some wooden shutters that allow you to adjust how much shade and light you prefer.
On the third floor, there are strategically placed windows that are able to illuminate even the first floor through intelligent manipulation of the staircase design as it goes through various stages, supplementing the general feel of freedom and spaciousness.
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