Today, living spaces fulfill several functions, both as leisure and work spaces. Finding the right balance between this space for work and leisure is a challenge and an increasingly common exercise.
Housing spaces need to be able to respond to a series of premises of versatility and functionality without compromising on the creation of an atmosphere of well-being and comfort. Regardless of the dimensions and characteristics of the house, they buy today a set of new premises.
And here we can enumerate a set of works and places that use strategies in order to perceive the old buildings of the city.
It is true that industrial activity has been losing strength in metropolitan areas and large urban centers. "Eulália House" is an example of strategies adopted to preserve the city's industrial heritage, in order to prolong its useful life and give it a new occupation and meaning to the space. What was once a deposit of old furniture, books in disrepair and various objects, has now been transformed into a studio space and a living space.
But industrial spaces "oxidized" by time and waiting for intervention are multiplying in cities. In Porto, in the heart of Campanhã, the rehabilitation extended to the industrial buildings present there. There, new cultural spaces, workshops and new houses were born that give new life to spaces that otherwise seemed to have a tragic end ahead.
But we can extend the versatility of spaces and interventions to the project conceived by the FALA studio. The purpose was to transform a windowless garage into a livable space. What was born there is a true exercise in versatility, a gray and cold garage, a house transformed into a clean and white space.
The last example is an intervention by “Studio Bua” that transformed an old abandoned barn in rural Iceland into a house that can function both as a dwelling and as a studio.
The truth is that these architectural exercises can also be exported to furniture, for example your LEGU bench can either be used to sit on, or as a side table, or the Faial mirror has a dual function. Objects do not need to fulfill a single function.