"Refuge in the City"
by Mobilada

Located within a luxury condominium in a prime area of the city of Oporto, this apartment is the result of a contemporary and functional vision created for a cosmopolitan family.
09 / 03 / 2015
Photography: Mobilada
Text: Arq. Luís Santos Silva
The architectural project is based on the restoration of a magnificent early twentieth century mansion. The apartment is contemporary, even though the surroundings are nothing less than a romantic-style garden, which has also been restored and which now displays its full splendour through its 3,600 square metres filled with centuries-old trees. Named ‘Refuge in the City’, the project reflects the contemporary tastes of the family and the fusion between functionality and outstanding design.

Designed right down to the last detail, the space was reformulated by the Mobilada team, which created a neutral base in order to highlight the role of the pieces found in the different areas.
Structural modifications were carried out, including partial demolition and the wholesale removal of all the previous finishes.
The combination of colours and their close relationship with the outdoor surroundings provided the unifying theme for the creative process.
The warm and strong tones instil the apartment with personality, creating a sense of a fluid and cohesive whole.
The living room is dominated by a White sofa by Minotti, flanked by a dining area furnished with DAW Eames Plastic Armchairs from Vitra. Storage is provided by a Golden Yellow sideboard from USM, giving the ambience a timeless feel. The fusion of materials, colours and textures is the result of the dialogue established between the different striking pieces that can be found here. One of the highlights is the work of the artist Catarina Pinto Leite which grabs our attention thanks to its dazzling colour and light. The small cupboard, Homage to Mondrian, designed by Shiro Kuramata for Cappellini, adds a personal touch to the entrance hall with a luminous detail... Don Quixote by Ingo Maurer.

The red Egg armchair by Fritz Hansen embodies irreverence and emphasises the young and dynamic feel required for the son’s suite. Minimalist yet with attention to detail, the white Indada kitchen embodies the intention to make this space ‘light’ and functional.
The pink and white colors from Designers Guild Wallpaper dominate in another room.The corian sinks and bathtub by Agape, were chosen for the master suite bathroom, where they blend in with the Thassos marble finish. The lightness of the shapes and materials transform this bathroom into a space that invites one to relax.