Refugium

Refugium

Architect
Fábio Ferreira Neves
Location
Costa da Caparica, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2022
Category
Private Houses
David Pereira
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Bathroom elementsPORCELANOSA
NOKEN - ROUND INOX, NOKEN - Bridge
Shower baseRoca
Chair And TableAdico
Andaluza, 590
Stainless Steel Door Handles, AccessoriesJNF Architectural Hardware
Jnf Stout, IN.00.030
ManufacturersVitra.
L’Oiseau, L’Oiseau
Wooden ChairBoa Safra
Arco

Product Spec Sheet
Bathroom elements
NOKEN - ROUND INOX, NOKEN - Bridge by PORCELANOSA
Shower base
Chair And Table
Andaluza, 590 by Adico
Stainless Steel Door Handles, Accessories
Jnf Stout, IN.00.030 by JNF Architectural Hardware
Manufacturers
L’Oiseau, L’Oiseau by Vitra.
Wooden Chair
Arco by Boa Safra

Refugium

Fábio Ferreira Neves as Architects

The history of Refugium, a guesthouse located on the beachfront of Costa da Caparica 15 minutes from Lisbon, dates back to the early 90's. It was originally the holiday home of the Coelho family, recently acquired to be able to share memories with friends and guests. The simplicity of the 18th century fishermen's houses was the basis for this renovation, which resulted in a pure and minimalist architecture, in order to guarantee a comfortable space and to magnify the expression of light. Here we go back to essential.

photo_credit David Pereira
David Pereira
photo_credit David Pereira
David Pereira

The project accepts what it finds and gives it a new life, reusing as many existing elements as possible. The original kitchen and bathroom, which did not match with the new project concept, were removed to be reused and donated to needy families. Despite the renovation, the features are original and the space consists of two bedrooms with a shared bathroom, a kitchen and a living area that opens onto the beach. Microlime, based on lime and non-toxic natural additives, was chosen as the dominant element to ensure the homogenization of the entire space. Rather than being demolished, the floor is covered with this sandy and pigmented material, reinforcing a strong relationship with the site and eliminating the negative environmental impact of the renovation.

photo_credit David Pereira
David Pereira
photo_credit David Pereira
David Pereira

The sustainable and ecological principles of the intervention also extended to the decoration, where an extreme effort was made to collaborate with local craftsmen, as well as with other nationally produced pieces. The wood chosen was the national pine and the main principles of the intervention came out valued, as the social impact, innovation and sustainability.

photo_credit David Pereira
David Pereira

The refugium is a project that looks outwards, that introduces the coastal environment in which it is inserted, although it maintains an inner world of intimacy and family relationships. The balance between the new and the existing ends up ensuring a more honest and genuine result.

photo_credit David Pereira
David Pereira

Team: 
Architect: Fábio Ferreira Neves
Contractor: Ferreira e Emílio Chagas
Carpenter: Lucínio Ferreira Neves
Photographer: David Pereira

photo_credit David Pereira
David Pereira

Materials used: 
Cladding: Cores e Texturas
Floor cladding: Microlime – Diasen Ibérica
Wall painting: VinylClean – CIN
Door handles, accessories: Stainless steel – JNF Architectural Hardware
Windows: PVC thermal brake window – Teccarsa
Interior lighting: Floor-standing and pendant lamps – Nordlux, Ideal lux and Mantra
Interior furniture: Arco wooden chair – Boa Safra
Exterior furniture: Andaluza steel chair and 590 steel table – Adico
Bathroom elements: Noken – Porcelanosa
Shower base: Cratos – Roca
Kitchen: Appliances – Meireles / Stone – Silestone

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