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The proposed alteration and expansion of the residential building is aimed at its restoration and intends to contribute to the urban regeneration of the area where it is located.

It consists of a simple quadrangle, with four façades: the south façade facing the Rua Gago Coutinho; the west facade facing the Rua Vasco da Gama and the north and east façades facing an external patio. The building consists of two high-ceilinged floors with an attic. The ground floor consists of four large rooms intended for commerce/storage, the first floor consists of fourteen rooms exclusively for habitation, some of which are bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens, and at the top the attic was intended for storage. The ground floor is accessible through Rua Vasco da Gama, Rua Gago Coutinho or the external patio, while the first floor is accessed through Rua Gago Coutinho through a central door, with a single flight of stairs or, alternatively, by a double exterior staircase located on the north façade and patio.
The building is built with a traditional construction system, with supporting walls in stone masonry, slabs between floors with “I”-shaped cast-iron beams, tiled vaults, the roof being made of a wooden structure and a gable roof with traditional tiles. The interior rooms on the ground floor are of stone masonry and are structural, while on the first floor the rooms are made of partition walls. The building's facades were previously plaster moulded, and now they are plastered and painted. All exterior open spaces are constructed with local limestone masonry (Bordeira) and predominantly painted wooden frames. The finish on the roof is with coping traditionally made with tiles, with a traditional composite eave and a circular chimney with a with a delicately crafted flue.

  • Bold architecture with challenging construction
  • Zinc coating
  • First construction of its kind in Quarteira
  • Restoration and alteration of a centuries-old building in the centre of Quarteira.
  • Renovation and restoration of the building's existing facades and masonry
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