The house Chapéu Virado in Cascais, was not created by a notorious author but belongs to an extremely rich period of Portuguese Architecture when two realities where confronted – the architectural modernity on one hand and on the other, the tradition represented by the architect Raul Lino, very famous Portuguese architect in the middle of the 20th century.
The new house owner realized that it was a valuable construction. The house showed an austere front facade with a modern look.
The great state of neglect didnʼt discourage him, quite the opposite; it excited him and led him to search someone who could help restore the house and the garden, adapting it to the new needs.
The understanding and the appreciation of the work led to the restore of the stones traditionally bush-hammered, to the introduction of bluegray pavements of Cascais well-polished, to the preservation of the tradition by adapting it to the new reality.
The multiplicity of attitudes and principles implicit in a very personal logic were fundamental in the details. It was draw news styles in the pavements, but always according to the logic of continuity and never rupture.
The facade was also rehabilitated, the balustrades redesigned, the excesses introduced by the time were removed and it was restored the image of the original work, new frontals and patterns for new stone compositions were designed, the garden was also redesigned, the vegetation was carefully chosen and the trees were also arranged, transforming them into genuine works of art. For an inattentive look, it can be missed the vanguard of rupture that characterizes this architecture, clearly from the sixties, but the balance between tradition and modernity is the trace that better explains the rightness and the timelessness of this anonymous architectural design.
This project of Portuguese architect Nuno Ladeiro had the collaboration of landscape architect Luís Valente de Carvalho.
Rua dos Bem Lembrados, Cascais