Historic and Urban Context
Óbidos is a medieval city, with small alleys paved in stone, colourful facades and old glazed tiles (azulejos). The village is enveloped by the strong castle walls, generating a mystical ambiance evoking a return to the Past. Integrated in the Creative Cities Network Programme, it was nominated 2015’s Literary City of Unesco.
Ruins in stone masonry from an old thick construction were found in the building site, sporting independent volumes, patios and different accesses. Built in the beginning of the 20th century, it displayed traditional materials and construction methods typically Portuguese. The rehabilitation of the spaces and of the house’s initial volumetry was maintained and revitalized in the Architectural Project, authored by architect Maria Vladimira Carvalho.
Particular attention and care were given to this construction due to the value that ruins carry with them, but also because of the new space if offers to this village.