Take a look inside Beira Mar House, a super narrow house only 2.5 meters wide, which has been transformed by Portugal-based architecture and design studio Paulo Martins Arquitectura & design into a small oasis where luxury and comfort come together.
The property is located in the Beira Mar area – one of the most typical and established areas of Aveiro on the west coast of Portugal. It is a historic fishing village, characterized by narrow streets and the famous canals. What is also typical are the long and narrow lots, where the characteristic white fishermen’s houses are.
Architectural firm Paulo Martins Arquitectura was commissioned to renovate this typical characteristic house from this neighborhood. The house is built on a typical piece of land of 30 meters long and 2.5 meters wide, with a modest patio at the rear as a backyard.
Integration between inside and outside
The aim was not only to design a nice and beautiful interior design, the residents also wanted to enjoy the outdoor space to the fullest, with the sound of the seagulls, the smell of the sea breeze, the color of the sky and the green of the trees and plants. That is why the architects inside and outside are involved as much as possible together. Not only have they realized an atrium in the middle of the house, but they have also placed a modern glass sliding door at the rear over the entire width of the wall.
Both elements not only ensure that indoor and outdoor flow together, but they are also important for the natural light inside the house.
By the way, the patio garden is not the only outdoor space – a roof terrace has also been realized, which you can reach through a modern floating staircase in the garden.
The Portuguese architects managed to create a close connection between social functions, which were presented on the ground floor. At the front you will find the dining room and kitchen, with the toilet, storage room and stairs to the upper floor in between. The atrium separates the kitchen from the living room. And from the living room you have access to the patio garden through the glass sliding doors. The top floor is actually a large open space, with the bedroom, bathroom and a kind of lounge room.
Attractive dark interior
A dark color palette has been chosen for the interior, creating a very intimate and luxurious atmosphere. A sleek concrete-look floor is combined with dark gray walls throughout the house. Even the ceiling is painted the same color. As a result, the narrow spaces are visually widened, and the whole looks a lot more spacious.
The dark tones are also reflected in the shape of the furniture, such as the comfortable sofa in the living room, the black wooden kitchen, the dark dining table and matching black Eames chairs, the bed, the wardrobes, but on.
Window decoration was an important part of this project. They wanted to let in as much light as possible on the ground floor. So there was no choice for blinds , as they did on the top floor. No form of window decoration has been hung on either the atrium or the glass sliding doors at the rear. That was not necessary either, because no form of insight is possible. So you had no privacy issue there.
On the top floor, where both ‘normal’ windows and skylights have been realized, it was a different story. There they opted for beautiful black wooden blinds , which protect the bedroom from both view and light. At the same time, you can easily control the incidence of light by turning the blinds up or down.
Bright garden and roof terrace
The outdoor spaces, both the garden and the roof terrace, form a conceptual contrast to the dark interior. There, everything has become super light – from the tiles to the white painted walls. In this way, the outdoor space forms a reflective surface that floods the house with light, sometimes diffuse and soft, sometimes direct and intense, as a reflection of the different moods of those who live there.
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Photography: Ivo Tavares studio