Guest house Menina Colina / Floret Arquitectura
Photographs: João Morgado
Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Geberit, Rothoblaas, Sika, Berker, CIN, Cinca, Daikin, Duravit, Gyptec, Jaga, Mapei, Robbialac, Wedi, Bosch, Caixibel, Cimpor, DANOSA, LDD, Diéra, +1
Text description provided by the architects. This rehabilitation assumes, without any modesty, its conservatism. This building, being a heritage of exceptional quality and extremely well preserved having been used continuously, always by the same family from the mid-19th century until the beginning of the 21st century, the challenge was to reconcile the preservation of the existing with new uses and the establishment of infrastructure. The intervention plan consisted of rehabilitating the entire existing structure, including the wooden beams and granite masonry walls, the skylight and the preservation of the original decorative plaster and carpentry.
The masterplan of the project required the adaptation of single-family housing to local accommodation, commerce and catering establishments, including the creation of 9 tourist accommodation rooms, the delimitation of a commercial area, the design a restaurant and the technical organization of spaces associated with the various functions of the building. Inside, the original configuration has been retained, saving most of the existing walls. In this way, the partitioning was respected and only the necessary modifications were made to adapt the building to its new use.
Another very relevant aspect of this intervention was the restoration of the rear garden. The interiors of the islets of Porto are characterized by green spaces with a great diversity of plant species, namely exotic species brought from Brazil, not to mention the varieties of camellias to which the city has worshiped discreetly since the 19th century.
This process involved a complex methodology with the incorporation of contributions from multiple stakeholders guided by the common thread of the architecture. All the information and documentation available in the historical archives on the property has been collected and, at the same time, the inspection and diagnosis of the structure has been carried out. Collecting this information enabled the designers to tailor the program to the potential of the building itself. The project phase included a specialist in art history and local history, who developed a very in-depth research work that allowed us to understand the historical relationship of the building with the environment, as well as the history of the building itself and its inhabitants.