What happens when six bedrooms become two? This is where Portuguese architect Tiago Patricio Rodrigues stepped in to help a client who wanted to refurbish a 1,184-square foot 20s-era Lisbon apartment. The new plan realized a wider two-bedroom contemporary flat that retains much of the original architectural charm but zips it up with vivid color and lighthearted details. (Note the presence of carved moldings — original detail from the building — that were graciously left alone save for a bright new coat of white paint.) The living room, in deep peacock blue, is at once welcoming and invigorating; accents of gold and purple on contemporary chairs make it stand out in all the best ways…while vintage china plates hanging on the wall give it a classic nod to its heritage.
In this update, light plays a key role: above a white bookshelf and partial wall, beaming through a transom, shining in a hallway with antique-framed art and a kitchen with a vintage “rug” as wall décor. It portrays the sun over a dining room doorway — approached by sculpted birds flying upward. Dazzling green geometric flooring makes a galley kitchen feel roomier, while a stately lamp on the master bedroom ceiling harks back to the home’s roots. Up one step is the ensuite bathroom — which can be cleverly camouflaged with a white folding door. Another bath is all in green and white, with an orchid as a graceful Eastern-themed accent. The architect calls this project “Contemporary Memories” — an apt description for a blend of history and modernity, of holding onto treasures while maintaining an uncluttered whole.