Yesterday, CasaPorto 2014 started in Porto. It is a showhouse event for architects and decorators and we were invited to check it out a couple of weeks ago. This year it is located in a 1930s traditional revival house in the Avenida da Boavista. At the time of publishing, the house will be painted, the garden cleaned up and the interiors filled with the smoke and mirrors of 20 Portuguese designers.
The small mansion is a perfect example of revival architecture at its best. The proportions and details are almost modern in their scale and sharpness, but the theme is always tradition and its many tricks, nooks and crannies.
Note for example the arched windows at the entry with an almost Art Deco feel to them in the austere division of the void inside their stone surrounds. Or the exterior shutters, complete with pivoting transom, wood trellis grid panels and cremone bolts – a rare (but existing) precedent in Portugal, executed and designed better than it would have ever been.
Go and visit – we will tomorrow!
Private Residence, Avenida da Boavista, Porto