Year: 2015 - 2017
Local: Mouzinho da Silveira street, Porto
Intervention: Rehabilitation for housing and services

The Infante Building is located in the noblest heart of the city of Porto, on Rua Mouzinho da Silveira, facing the Infante garden.
D. Henrique. From Janelas to West we can see a stretch of the Douro river, the garden flanked by the medieval Ribeira, the baroque church of S. Francisco, the neoclassical Palácio da Bolsa or the Ferreira Borges market, with its industrial austerity. In this scenario, you can feel the rebirth of the new commerce in the city.
The building is part of a set of high-quality classical architecture, with facades facing south and west, with large windows. Inside, the large spaces supported by Riga pine beams are served by a generous staircase, to be recovered in all its splendor.

The building is distinguished by a wide side façade open over the alley that gives access to the garage, so unique in the historic fabric. This facade hides from the
street, thus allowing the quiet, southern lighting and ventilation necessary for all rooms and kitchens.

The building was divided into 4 apartments, one for each floor with parking spaces and services at street level. It is part of a set of high-quality classical architecture, with facades facing south and west, with large windows. Inside, the wide spaces supported by Riga pine beams, 3 meters and a  generous staircase, recovered in all its splendor.

The carpentry, shutters,  frames and Riga floors were restored in spacious living rooms, bedrooms and kitchens, combined with traditional hydraulic mosaics, antique tiles, marble and solid woods. A set that rebuilds the authenticity of yesteryear with contemporary comfort.

To the south and west, 5 windows will give each of the living rooms views over Palácio da Bolsa and Jardim do Infante. The authentic beamed ceilings from Riga,
and existing thick floors will be preserved and restored. A new Riga floor will be applied, reusing existing pieces, contributing to the
sustainability of this project, based on the use of the magnificent existing heritage.

In the roof span, an apartment will enjoy the image and presence of wooden trusses and a fully restored plank lining from Riga.
New windows are opened on the roofs, skylights and a balcony over the Douro River. The most panoramic skylight in Ribeira also rises, which can be visited as a
terrace, to admire the setting sun over the city.

Unrepeatable carpentry, restored in the unique marriage between modernity and history, and a generous ceiling, will transform an old attic into a house
cosmopolitan, a penthouse in the city.

Architecture: Duarte Morais Soares
MSA team: Telmo Gomes, Maria João Lopes
Photo: Lara Jacinto, Inês D'Orey