The project provides for the rehabilitation and preservation of one of the most emblematic and charming dwellings of Pombaline Romanticism, located in Largo de São Carlos in Chiado.



Chiado, Lisboa

4 apartments + commercial g/f

OpenBook Arquitectos

BEFORE São Carlos
AFTER São Carlos - after

Historical context

Having been entirely destroyed in the earthquake of 1755 the Chiado district was reconstructed as part of the Marquis of Pombal's initiative, creating the world’s first earthquake resistant buildings.

Chiado is the birthplace of Fernando Pessoa whose poems are said to have been inspired by the district ́s monuments including the Church of Mártires. Features such as the opera house which was inaugurated in 1793 and the Bertrand book store (the oldest book store still in operation today) which opened in 1732, made Chiado the meeting point for the city´s intellectual elite all the way through to the 20th century.

Although, the São Carlos building was subject to certain alterations across its lifespan it remains one of the foremost examples of Lisbon’s romantic “belle epoque” architecture. It’s exterior facade with the elegant stonework surrounding the first floor windows and the unusual ceiling height on all floors will make this one of Lisbon’s most emblematic buildings.

Sao Carlos - esquiço
bomsucesso planta A

The building has 5 floors and will consist of 4 apartments: from floor 1 to 3 of typology T3, and a duplex T4 occupying floors 4 and 5.

Finishes & Technologies

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning;

Underfloor heating kitchen and bathrooms;

Interior lighting and dimmer switches;

Lighting of façade and dimmer switches;

Programming of various scenarios;

Demisting of bathroom mirrors;

Heated towel rails;

Flood detection in kitchen and bathrooms;

Sound system in kitchens and bathrooms;

Hotspots in all area of the apartment;

Video entry phone accessible by smartphone.

The traditional Pombaline facade of the Sao Carlos building will be restored to its original splendour and will incorporate modern elements;

To remain consistent with the charm of the Chiado district, the building exterior will be a delicate pink and the apparent stone will remain “Pedra Lioz” limestone;

The windows will be double glazed with hardwood frames and the original wrought iron balconies will be fully restored.

The floors will be a beige Italian Lioz stone;

The walls will be venetian stucco "Viero";

The ceilings will have ornate decorative plaster work with subtly integrated LED lighting;

The original entrance door will be fully restored;

The communal staircase and handrail will be a replica of the original.

The cabinetry will be italian and of high quality with finishes in lacquered white and Nogueira wood "Noce Canaletto";

The countertops in the kitchen will be "Laminam" Naturali Oro Venato and White Silestone in the laundry;

The island countertop will be in "Laminam" Naturali Oro Venato and the sink is a high quality stainless steel;

The laundry area will include a washer and dryer;

Appliances will include: An integrated extraction hob and oven, microwave, refrigerator, freezer and cooler module.

Supplier: KUC

High quality designer Italian taps;

Washbasin with a white silestone countertop;

Designer drawer unit;

Mirror with LED illumination and de-mister with domitic connection;

Towel warmer with the design of "Foursteel" towel warmer with domotic connection;

Illuminated niches for insertion of decorative pieces;

Shower faucets, showers and lateral jets;

Colourless glass partition without frames;

Walls with italian venetian stucco from "Viero";

High quality designer Italian taps;

Designer drawer module;

Mirror with LED lighting;

Illuminated niches for insertion of decorative pieces.

Independent state of the art, quality noise reduction technology;

High quality oak in chevron format.

Ceilings will have ornate decorative plaster work in line with the epoch patterns of the buildings origins.

Wood doors which replicate the traditional Pombaline doors with improved acoustic qualities and handles designed by "Arne Jacobsen".

Italian cabinets and drawers with Linen melamine interiors as well as hangers, shelves and integrated LED lighting.


São Carlos National Theatre

Avenida da Liberdade

Cais do Sodré

Bairro Alto

Príncipe Real

São Jorge Castle






9Km Airport

35Km Cascais

30Km Sintra

38Km Serra da Arrábida

55Km Ericeira

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