Apartment in Guarda, InStone by DRK Atelier

InStone, apartment in Guarda by DRK Atelier

Project: InStone, apartment in Guarda
Architecture: DRK Atelier
Location: Guarda, Portugal
Year: 2020
Photography: Ivo Tavares Studio
Text by Diogo Almeida Architect / DRK Atelier

In an early seventies building, we found an uncharacterized apartment in Guarda, too compartmentalized and with little natural light. The challenge was to bring a contemporary language ensuring the comfort of modern living under controlled costs. Severely constrained by the available space, the highly detailed works of dismantling partition walls and build new space guides brought a new distribution and a smoother transition between rooms.

dining room, DRK Atelier

Finding structural walls made of stone and the impossibility of their removal brought a new problem. Keeping the stone visible turned the problem into a solution, marking the character of the space as well as its own uniqueness and exclusivity.

kitchen, DRK Atelier

Exploring the idea of evolutionary and adaptable architecture, incorporating flexibility into planning and designing, brought in concepts suited to the different requirements of the space appropriation, allowing the use of a hallway as an office or turn a reading area into a guest room. The extreme care of working the light as a shaping element of the space combined with the selection of natural claddings highlights the stone, assuring the elegance and distinction of the different rooms, making the experience of this space absolutely distinctive.

InStone, apartment in Guarda by DRK Atelier

interior design, minimalist, DRK Atelier

InStone, apartment in Guarda by DRK Atelier

decoration, DRK Atelier

InStone, apartment in Guarda by DRK Atelier

InStone, apartment in Guarda by DRK Atelier

bedroom, DRK Atelier

bathroom, DRK Atelier

InStone, apartment in Guarda by DRK Atelier

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