A beautiful 18th-century building is restored by architecture practice Aires Mateus who will utilize the space as a studio.
The work is truly striking and extravagant. The firm focused on preserving key features in the design, as well as refurbishing "the ornate paintings and decorative stucco ceilings." The beautiful 18th-century building was originally erected in 1779, with two additional stories added 20 years later. Aires Mateus revamped the layout of the structure to house "working and meeting spaces, two model-making areas, and a multipurpose room." The atmosphere is juxtaposed with the subtly contemporary design of the furniture.
Aside from providing a sizable space for the architecture practice, the decorative features are what truly make the new office building incredibly unconventional, with hints to baroque aesthetics.
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