Bak Gordon inserts green-tiled concrete house on sloping street in Lisbon

Concrete house decorated in green tiles in Lisbon by Bak Gordon Arquitectos

Portuguese studio Bak Gordon Arquitectos has designed two concrete structures separated by a courtyard for a house on a narrow plot in Lisbon.

Wedged between two buildings, Bak Gordon Arquitectos designed the street-facing facade of the home to integrate with the neighbouring architecture, aiming to use similar facade proportions.

Concrete house decorated in green tiles in Lisbon by Bak Gordon Arquitectos
Handmade tiles cover the facade of the home

The facade on the upper levels is covered in green handmade tiles that match the colour of doors and window shutters on the surrounding buildings.

The ground floor has a wooden grid garage door and front door slightly set back from the street.

Courtyard in a concrete house with planting by Bak Gordon Arquitectos
A courtyard lets natural light and ventilation into the home

“The main facade is integrated into a row of small buildings, with similar proportions, settled in a slopping street,” Bak Gordon Arquitectos architect Nuno Tavares da Costa told Dezeen.

“Despite some minor variations, most of the buildings keep the Portuguese ‘traditional’ plastered or tiled facade with openings,” Da Costa added. “The tiles attenuate the concrete presence and act on continuity with the surroundings.”

Courtyard in a concrete house with green-tiled loggia by Bak Gordon Arquitectos
The same green tiles on the home’s facade were used to decorate the loggia

The narrow site, measuring seven by 26 metres, originally had a building at the street front and a separate workshop at the rear of the plot, which determined the layout of Bak Gordon Arquitectos’s design.

On the street side of the site, the studio designed a three-storey building with a basement containing the home’s social spaces – the kitchen, dining room, living room and office.

A courtyard with a loggia decorated in green handmade tiles was added on the basement level, which leads to a two-storey building at the end of the plot where two bedroom suites are situated.

“The small functional patio allows for natural light and cross ventilation as well as a permanent natural garden presence,” said Da Costa.

Bedroom with glazed patio doors leading to a courtyard
Bedrooms were placed in the two-storey building at the rear of the site

The two concrete structures are connected by a corridor over the courtyard loggia, which leads from the street-level floor of the front building to the upper level of the rear building.

Residents can walk over the roof of this corridor, accessed from the open-plan kitchen-dining room on the first floor, to reach a roof terrace over the rear building.

Living room with wood flooring, exposed concrete ceiling and flower window box
A flower box on the top floor was set behind the building’s facade

On the top floor of the taller building, the living room features a flower box set behind the building’s facade with three windows surrounding it, and a staircase leads to the rooftop with views of the Tagus River.

A concrete spiral staircase leads from the ground floor to an office in the basement, which has access to the courtyard through the loggia.

The board-formed concrete structure was left exposed in the ceilings throughout the home and on the courtyard-facing facades.

Exterior of a concrete house in Lisbon with green-tiled facade by Bak Gordon Arquitectos
The home was designed to integrate with its neighbouring buildings

“In a kind of promenade, the house reveals itself in multiple directions, whether horizontally between the more private bedroom and office spaces or vertically through the social spaces, until reaching the roof and enjoying the magnificent panoramic views over the Tagus River,” said Bak Gordon Arquitectos.

“The combination of exposed concrete in the facades and ceilings, as well as the green handmade tiles, the anodized aluminium frames or the thermo modified wood in the main facade, give the building an important personality and contribute to the atmosphere of the place,” it added.

Other projects by the Lisbon-based studio include a home covered with pigmented lime mortar in Portugal’s Alentejo region and a concrete garden annexe that was added to a house in Porto.

The photography is by Francisco Nogueira.

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