Last year we were commissioned to design an English-influenced townhouse in Porto. This is hardly a huge stretch of the imagination, given the considerable time the British have spent here on account of diplomacy and trade and the many architectural marks they left.
We took our library of tricks and details and came up with two schemes and an endless run of color options. Most people we have shown the drawings to believe it is a renovation of some sort, but in fact it is an entirely new building. When the house is done (hopefully next year) it will look like it’s always been there without ever having been. It will be elegant and understated – our definition of a successful project.
Of course, in the months that have since passed many changes came about, and the current result is a curious merger of the two versions, with triple sash windows, a slate-clad third floor and a large bay window at the end. But that is a different story altogether.