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Rediscovering Porto’s Historic Gem Through Restoration Excellence

In the heart of Porto, Portugal, a piece of architectural history stands tall, waiting to be revived from its decade-long slumber. Designed by the illustrious Portuguese architect Januário Godinho, this old, detached house once bore witness to the city’s bustling life has been redesigned by Ar. Ren Ito .However, neglect and time took their toll, leaving the building in a state of disrepair, with its roof and floors collapsed, rendering it uninhabitable. But every neglected structure holds within it the promise of a new beginning. Thus, embarked on a journey of restoration, breathing life back into this forgotten gem.

The building, almost rectangular in shape, stands proudly at the center of its plot, commanding attention. With four floors including a basement and an attic, its architectural significance speaks volumes. Situated on higher ground than the street below, access is granted from the southwest via a gently winding ramp. Along its northern flank stands a one-story structure, once a bustling garage and laundry, now awaiting its own transformation.

Step inside the renovated haven, and you’re greeted by an enchanting entrance hall, a nod to the building’s grandeur. On the first floor, two guest rooms, a reception area, a dining room, a modern kitchen, and a bathroom unfold, each space meticulously restored to harmonize with contemporary living while honoring its historic essence. Ascend the stairs, and the second floor reveals five guest rooms, each adorned with its private bathroom, a sanctuary of comfort and elegance.

Preserving the essence of the original design, the staircase hall stands as a testament to timeless craftsmanship. The plastered ceilings and vintage chandeliers whisper tales of bygone eras, painstakingly restored to their former glory. While the external facade remains largely unchanged, internally, every effort has been made to ensure compliance with modern safety standards and environmental performance, marrying heritage with sustainability seamlessly.

As the sun sets over the city of Porto, casting its golden hues upon the refurbished structure, it stands not just as a building but as a beacon of resilience and renewal.

Fact Sheet

Project name: Casa Kala

Firm Name: Ren Ito Arq.

Architect Name: Ren Ito

Location: Porto Portugal

Total area491m2

Photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio

Written by Team TDJI

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