The Loft in Falagueira will be a reconstruction / extension and change of use for housing, of an abandoned garage located in Falagueira – Venda Nova, Amadora municipality. The garage built in 1951, which is in a high state of degradation, is in a small space between the two buildings. It is a small single-storey building, annexed to a three-storey building with north and south facing facades. It has a rectangular plan shape resulting in a small patio facing north. The land is practically flat with an area 52.89 m2 which results in a deployment of 36.60 m2 with an uncovered area of 16.29 m2.
The rehabilitation solution will change the use of garage to housing and the construction of a single-family housing, with space for private parking of a car. The deployment area is reduced to 34.10 m2 to allow the necessary parking space in an uncovered area of 18.79 m2 within the plot. Due to the need to adapt the building to the new housing use, only the south facade wall will be preserved, but the entire interior will be new, with new partitions and a first floor slab will be built, a mezzanine, a new facade in the north, and a new roof accessible through an interior staircase. The entrance to the housing in the north gable is located on the leftmost overhang, and allows access to the patio with parking for the car.
The projected typology is distributed with the social and service area located on the ground floor and upstairs, on the mezzanine, the sleeping space. The social area consists of a common room with a dining area and a living room. Access to the first floor of the mezzanine is from the living room. The service area consists in a kitchen which has a laundry area, natural light through a large glass surface and direct access to the patio. The kitchen equipment will consist of a self-supporting modular structure so that the floor can be easily cleaned and, if necessary, move the kitchen to clean the entire space.
Nuno Ladeiro / Carmo Branco