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Casa Mosaico de Belas ArtesPortugal, 2023

Form follows you!

Exper­tises
Private Residential

Casa Mosaico de Belas Artes

We firmly believe that a good party is born from fabulous guests with interesting stories to tell. Which is why strong characters, who fill the space with life and have fascinating histories, characterise this residential building in Portugal – a multi-layered collage, serving both as a private retreat and an open stage. The personality of its inhabitants is not only reflected in the individual design of the rooms, but also in the characterful and exhilarating arrangement of individual objects. We have opened up a scintillating kaleidoscope of scenarios, which are just waiting to be conquered.

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Unique characters

Wherever striking personalities that at first glance appear entirely unrelated – be they people or objects – meet in space, exciting stories begin: new relationships are established, new correlations created and new energies released. It marks the beginning of a journey that promises unusual discoveries. This is the effect you experience when you walk through this house, with its around 650 square metres and four floors: It is a place for encounters between distinct and diverse impressions, yet somehow still maintaining a homogeneous whole.

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As if in an artfully composed mosaic, memorabilia from worldwide travels, archaic furniture, powerful paintings and sculptures, as well as lush greenery dominate the male denizen’s space on the top floor: Singing bowls next to gongs, next to marble tables, next to lamps from Mexico, next to furniture from Italy – objects, art and interior design coalesce to create a visually striking and very personal spatial impression. The female denizen’s study on the first floor equally forms a collage that transports you on a voyage of discovery, while retaining its own special character: Delicate in hue and soft in form, art, design and textiles are stylishly combined, creating a flexible framework that can change and grow with the occupant’s individual needs.

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Infinite spaces

The concept of layering and superimposition runs like a recurring motif throughout the building, constantly yielding new perspectives. Thus mirrored surfaces and cubes – some upright, some suspended – dissolve boundaries in the master suite, expand spatial relationships, and create a mysterious atmosphere arising from intersecting reflections. In the guest rooms, a collage of transparent, reflective and opaque surfaces creates a sophisticated tableau.

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While in the double-height living room with its large dining area, individual layers open up new worlds and small narratives: Juxtaposing antique tapestries, contemporary (light) art, handcrafted furniture and classic-looking bronzes evokes an eclecticism that does justice to the occupants. Floor-to-ceiling shelves provide space for important family treasures, acting like a display case, skilfully showcasing a medley of books, art, antiques and artefacts. This representative floor also features a sculptural staircase that connects the entrance level with the garden level. In conjunction with a freshly created oval air space above the dining area, the effect is one of a light-filled, flowing spatial arrangement.

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Portuguese craftsmanship and modern culinary indulgence meet in the open-plan kitchen: An opulent ceramic tile mural, which was specially made in a traditional azulejo factory, depicts Frida Kahlo and forms the introduction to a new story that can be told over dinner with favoured guests. Different levels also overlap in the garden: While on one hand, inside and outside merge thanks to the continued flooring, on the other, small and large objects as well as dense planting frame the pool, and textile curtains protect against the sun and ensure privacy, but also reveal targeted views of the surroundings.

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Identity-forming diversity

The multi-layered diversity that can be felt in this collage-like arrangement in space is emphasised by a selection of carefully coordinated material compositions: White and green marble captivate with their inherent depth, textured fabrics provide a pleasant feel, structured surfaces create exciting accents, and strong contrasts such as raw stone with black parquet or onyx marble with cork never cease to beguile the wandering gaze. Complemented by high-quality details, precise melding and handcrafted elements, the many, very different individual components come together to create a harmonious entity that can be discovered and interpreted at will.

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Reflexive relations

Once again, this project reveals how we see our task as designing relationships between spaces, people and things, and rendering them tangible. All the characters become part of an overall narrative that can be told, read and explored again and again on many different levels.

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Facts & Figures

Location
Portugal
Status
Completed (2023)
Photo­graphy
Philip Kottlorz
Exper­tises
Private Residential
Team
  • Manu Dhanked
  • Duygu Er
  • Gunter Fleitz
  • Jonathan Ihm
  • Peter Ippolito
  • Nikolina Muza
  • Eva Perez
  • Verena Schiffl
  • David Schwarz
  • Iryna Shapoval
  • Anna Theodossiadou
  • Eylül Özyar
Partner
  • pfarré lighting design, Lighting Design

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