X Atelier is an architecture
practice based in Lisbon

X Atelier Zaire Apartment

Zaire Apartment Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment

Zaire Apartment Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Moura House

Moura House Moura House
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant

Rua Principe Real Restaurant Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant

Rua Principe Real Restaurant Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment

Heliodoro Apartment Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment

Macau Apartment Macau Apartment
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow

Said the butcher to the cow Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Moura House

Moura House Moura House
X Atelier Maria Apartment

Maria Apartment Maria Apartment
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow

Said the butcher to the cow Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Valmor Apartment

Valmor Apartment Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment

Heliodoro Apartment Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Ahtaki

Ahtaki Ahtaki
X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant

Fiorenzano Restaurant Fiorenzano Restaurant
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
Zaire Apartment

The apartment original layout had interior rooms without any natural light and a bathroom occupying a prime space on the backside facade. The rooms were displayed along a corridor that also finished in this bathroom. Therefore, the strategy applied was to bring the bathroom to the interior/darker area and set a new visual framing at the end of this corridor with the outdoor space and the nature outside.

The apartment original layout had interior rooms without any natural light and a bathroom occupying a prime space on the backside facade. The rooms were displayed along a corridor that also finished in this bathroom. Therefore, the strategy applied was to bring the bathroom to the interior/darker area and set a new visual framing at the end of this corridor with the outdoor space and the nature outside.

X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment
X Atelier Zaire Apartment

With this layout strategy, an open space defined by living, dinning and cooking area was possible as the kitchen is directly connected to the living room area. A steel frame structure was designed for structural reasons and adapted into a kitchen counter/island space and shelves.

While inside the apartment the transformation was more intense, the outdoor space had a minimal impact by replacing materials to create a sense of continuity from the inner space to the outdoors areas.

With this layout strategy, an open space defined by living, dinning and cooking area was possible as the kitchen is directly connected to the living room area. A steel frame structure was designed for structural reasons and adapted into a kitchen counter/island space and shelves.

While inside the apartment the transformation was more intense, the outdoor space had a minimal impact by replacing materials to create a sense of continuity from the inner space to the outdoors areas.

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2020
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography: Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2020
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography: Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

X Atelier Moura House
Moura House

This single family house was built over an existing inherited old house which had been built without foundations or structure. The risk of ruin was significant. Therefore, this intervention required an intense demolition and reconstruction process.

This single family house was built over an existing inherited old house which had been built without foundations or structure. The risk of ruin was significant. Therefore, this intervention required an intense demolition and reconstruction process.

X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House
X Atelier Moura House

The new house, built exactly in the same place as the old one, recreates some of the best features so that it resembles the emotional space and connection kept in the family memory.

The topography of this site required a set of terraces and platforms that unfold in direction of the river. Private areas were placed in the upper level along a corridor facing backwards; while the communal areas are on the same floor as the outdoor deck and pool area functioning together as an open space.

The new house, built exactly in the same place as the old one, recreates some of the best features so that it resembles the emotional space and connection kept in the family memory.

The topography of this site required a set of terraces and platforms that unfold in direction of the river. Private areas were placed in the upper level along a corridor facing backwards; while the communal areas are on the same floor as the outdoor deck and pool area functioning together as an open space.

Location:  Gondomar, Portugal
Year:  2016
Type:  Private Residence
Status:  Built
Photography: Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

Location:  Gondomar, Portugal
Year:  2016
Type:  Private Residence
Status:  Built
Photography: Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
Heliodoro Apartment

This century old apartment still had the original floorplan intact with several rooms placed in the darker areas and a bathroom by the back facade facing the balcony and garden. Therefore, it was considered important to place the bathrooms in these darker areas and connect the living room with the kitchen so that the communal areas would be directly related to the long balcony outdoors.

This century old apartment still had the original floorplan intact with several rooms placed in the darker areas and a bathroom by the back facade facing the balcony and garden. Therefore, it was considered important to place the bathrooms in these darker areas and connect the living room with the kitchen so that the communal areas would be directly related to the long balcony outdoors.

X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment
X Atelier Heliodoro Apartment

For structural purposes a wooden squared frame was built between the kitchen and living room. This structure not only functions as a counter or book shelf but also defines a separation between both areas.

The interior design strategy of the Heliodoro apartment follows an eclectic combination of old/antique pieces and contemporary furniture, just as the space itself: a dignified original shell with an appropriate approach to nowadays needs.

Outside the wild garden found before was transformed into a peaceful haven maintaining the existing trees which also defined the shaded position to place the white concrete modular board surfaces creating a platform for a table or lounge chairs.

For structural purposes a wooden squared frame was built between the kitchen and living room. This structure not only functions as a counter or book shelf but also defines a separation between both areas.

The interior design strategy of the Heliodoro apartment follows an eclectic combination of old/antique pieces and contemporary furniture, just as the space itself: a dignified original shell with an appropriate approach to nowadays needs.

Outside the wild garden found before was transformed into a peaceful haven maintaining the existing trees which also defined the shaded position to place the white concrete modular board surfaces creating a platform for a table or lounge chairs.

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2019
Type: Private Residence Interior Renovation, Interior design and Landscape design
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2019
Type: Private Residence Interior Renovation, Interior design and Landscape design
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

X Atelier Ahtaki
Ahtaki

Due to acoustic and thermic needs, cork was the material chosen to coat the walls. Its natural properties and the abundance of such in Portugal makes it a sustainable choice. Some of these were graffiti painted by hand in order to create a pattern with a metal effect and bring color to the back wall where the lounge area is.

Due to acoustic and thermic needs, cork was the material chosen to coat the walls. Its natural properties and the abundance of such in Portugal makes it a sustainable choice. Some of these were graffiti painted by hand in order to create a pattern with a metal effect and bring color to the back wall where the lounge area is.

X Atelier Ahtaki
X Atelier Ahtaki
X Atelier Ahtaki
X Atelier Ahtaki
X Atelier Ahtaki
X Atelier Ahtaki
X Atelier Ahtaki

It was also perceived that the open space would be split into two areas, a gallery and a collaborative working space. Therefore, the gallery stands closer to the entrance while the work space resides in a more discrete area, privatized with curtains but facing the facade allowing the light to get in. Adding to this main functions, a kitchen and a lounge area where placed at the end of this space.

Due to acoustic and thermic needs, cork was the material chosen to coat the walls. Its natural properties and the abundance of such in Portugal makes it a sustainable choice. Some of these were graffiti painted by hand in order to create a pattern with a metal effect and bring color to the back wall where the lounge area is.

It was also perceived that the open space would be split into two areas, a gallery and a collaborative working space. Therefore, the gallery stands closer to the entrance while the work space resides in a more discrete area, privatized with curtains but facing the facade allowing the light to get in. Adding to this main functions, a kitchen and a lounge area where placed at the end of this space.

Due to acoustic and thermic needs, cork was the material chosen to coat the walls. Its natural properties and the abundance of such in Portugal makes it a sustainable choice. Some of these were graffiti painted by hand in order to create a pattern with a metal effect and bring color to the back wall where the lounge area is.

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2019
Type:  Office Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2019
Type:  Office Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

X Atelier Maria Apartment
Maria Apartment

Maria apartment, which dates from the 1930’s, had a central inner core with several rooms within which were accessed by a surrounding corridor.

Maria apartment, which dates from the 1930’s, had a central inner core with several rooms within which were accessed by a surrounding corridor.

X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment
X Atelier Maria Apartment

The intervention strategy was based on placing rooms that do not require natural light in this dark core.

The new layout allowed to have four bedrooms, an open space with living, dinning and cooking area. Throughout the apartment the original features were restored: the ceiling and wall moldings, wooden shutters and doors, so that the original architectural character would be dignified while simultaneously adapted to the contemporary life style.

The intervention strategy was based on placing rooms that do not require natural light in this dark core.

The new layout allowed to have four bedrooms, an open space with living, dinning and cooking area. Throughout the apartment the original features were restored: the ceiling and wall moldings, wooden shutters and doors, so that the original architectural character would be dignified while simultaneously adapted to the contemporary life style.

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2019
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography:  Lorenzo Roncaglione
Team:  X atelier

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2019
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography:  Lorenzo Roncaglione
Team:  X atelier

X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
Rua Principe Real Restaurant

The main concept of this restaurant was to bring the street into the inner space. Therefore, a crane-like suspended structure was projected to recreate the idea of a street being built. This continuous movement suggests the connection between the entrance and the bar.

The main concept of this restaurant was to bring the street into the inner space. Therefore, a crane-like suspended structure was projected to recreate the idea of a street being built. This continuous movement suggests the connection between the entrance and the bar.

X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant
X Atelier Rua Principe Real Restaurant

The main concept of this restaurant was to bring the street into the inner space. Therefore, a crane-like suspended structure was projected to recreate the idea of a street being built. This continuous movement suggests the connection between the entrance and the bar.

The presence of the light within the structure was set to recreate this vectorial flow by the neon led that crosses the entire room. Although it is a small space, the choice of materials, textures and artwork recreates the multicultural fusion sense intended.

The main concept of this restaurant was to bring the street into the inner space. Therefore, a crane-like suspended structure was projected to recreate the idea of a street being built. This continuous movement suggests the connection between the entrance and the bar.

The presence of the light within the structure was set to recreate this vectorial flow by the neon led that crosses the entire room. Although it is a small space, the choice of materials, textures and artwork recreates the multicultural fusion sense intended.

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2017
Type:  Restaurant Interior Refurbishment
Status:  Built
Photography:  Fábio Cunha
Team:  X atelier and Gonçalo Albuquerque

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2017
Type:  Restaurant Interior Refurbishment
Status:  Built
Photography:  Fábio Cunha
Team:  X atelier and Gonçalo Albuquerque

X Atelier Macau Apartment
Macau Apartment

The renovation strategy of this apartment was to enhance its original features and elements with a minimal impact operation. Therefore, all the original wooden elements were restored and maintained as well as the existing ceiling moldings preserved. Kitchen and bathroom were redone with new materials and amenities, and a second bathroom was designed to better serve the three-bedroom apartment.

The renovation strategy of this apartment was to enhance its original features and elements with a minimal impact operation. Therefore, all the original wooden elements were restored and maintained as well as the existing ceiling moldings preserved. Kitchen and bathroom were redone with new materials and amenities, and a second bathroom was designed to better serve the three-bedroom apartment.

X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment
X Atelier Macau Apartment

To create a sense of unity between the hardware and the software, the client requested an interior design project which was thought by taking into consideration the street name that refers to a previous Portuguese colony. Therefore, a luxurious colonial strategy was defined alongside the natural materials and handcrafted pieces selected to create a singular atmosphere.

To create a sense of unity between the hardware and the software, the client requested an interior design project which was thought by taking into consideration the street name that refers to a previous Portuguese colony. Therefore, a luxurious colonial strategy was defined alongside the natural materials and handcrafted pieces selected to create a singular atmosphere.

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2017
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation and Interior Design
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2017
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation and Interior Design
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

X Atelier Valmor Apartment
Valmor Apartment

The original floorplan of this apartment resembled a train layout where you find a long corridor which gives access to the several sequential small compartments.

The original floorplan of this apartment resembled a train layout where you find a long corridor which gives access to the several sequential small compartments.

X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment
X Atelier Valmor Apartment

This layout was no longer suitable for the contemporary needs of the client who wished to have fewer but wider rooms than several tiny spaces. Therefore, the interior renovation consisted of connecting rooms while creating a setting that evoked simultaneously a classic feel of the molding works on the walls and a contemporary clean strategy for both kitchen and bathroom.

This layout was no longer suitable for the contemporary needs of the client who wished to have fewer but wider rooms than several tiny spaces. Therefore, the interior renovation consisted of connecting rooms while creating a setting that evoked simultaneously a classic feel of the molding works on the walls and a contemporary clean strategy for both kitchen and bathroom.

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2018
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

Location:  Lisbon, Portugal
Year:  2018
Type:  Private Residence Interior Renovation
Status:  Built
Photography:  Bruno Contin
Team:  X atelier

X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
Said the butcher to the cow

Set in a prime location in the city of Vienna by the Staatsoper, Said the Butcher to the Cow is a conversion of typical austrian food restaurant into a hip gourmet Hamburgueria and Gin bar.

Set in a prime location in the city of Vienna by the Staatsoper, Said the Butcher to the Cow is a conversion of typical austrian food restaurant into a hip gourmet Hamburgueria and Gin bar.

X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow
X Atelier Said the butcher to the cow

One of the determinant aspects is related to the intention of having different atmospheres in that same space:  an aperitivo lounge, the dinning area and a Gin bar, so that customers extend their experience beyond the meal. These spaces are consequently organized around a protagonist element: the bar. Although each of them presents its own characteristics, a sense of unity is very present.

One of the determinant aspects is related to the intention of having different atmospheres in that same space:  an aperitivo lounge, the dinning area and a Gin bar, so that customers extend their experience beyond the meal. These spaces are consequently organized around a protagonist element: the bar. Although each of them presents its own characteristics, a sense of unity is very present.

Location:  Vienna, Austria
Year: 2014
Type:  Restaurant Interior Refurbishment
Status:  Built
Photography:  YDO
Team: X atelier and Aguinaldo Santos Junior

Location:  Vienna, Austria
Year: 2014
Type:  Restaurant Interior Refurbishment
Status:  Built
Photography:  YDO
Team: X atelier and Aguinaldo Santos Junior

X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant
Fiorenzano Restaurant

Because the space was so compressed, the main goal of this interior refurbishment project was the connection of different areas through a continuous movement which would give a sense of continuity and widen the sense of space.

Because the space was so compressed, the main goal of this interior refurbishment project was the connection of different areas through a continuous movement which would give a sense of continuity and widen the sense of space.

X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant
X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant
X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant
X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant
X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant
X Atelier Fiorenzano Restaurant

The projected solution passes through the choice and disposal of different materials and heights also applied to rank the functions within. The segment that set out from the dinning area develops trough the restaurant, embraces the bar counter and finishes at the restaurants aperitivo lounge, which works simultaneously as a small reception area.

The projected solution passes through the choice and disposal of different materials and heights also applied to rank the functions within. The segment that set out from the dinning area develops trough the restaurant, embraces the bar counter and finishes at the restaurants aperitivo lounge, which works simultaneously as a small reception area.

Location:  Vienna, Austria
Year:  2012
Type:  Restaurant Interior Refurbishment
Status:  Built
Team:  X atelier, Najjar & Najjar Architects and Fábio Cunha

Location:  Vienna, Austria
Year:  2012
Type:  Restaurant Interior Refurbishment
Status:  Built
Team:  X atelier, Najjar & Najjar Architects and Fábio Cunha

X Atelier Park your soul in heaven
Park your soul in heaven

Like it is unconceivable to imagine a city without cars, it should also be unimaginable to conceive a city without its dead inhabitant’s remains. A big part of us was already born in the city and will most certainly die there. Aren ́t we allowed to linger in the city, where we lived out our lives, forever?

Like it is unconceivable to imagine a city without cars, it should also be unimaginable to conceive a city without its dead inhabitant’s remains. A big part of us was already born in the city and will most certainly die there. Aren ́t we allowed to linger in the city, where we lived out our lives, forever?

X Atelier Park your soul in heaven
X Atelier Park your soul in heaven
X Atelier Park your soul in heaven
X Atelier Park your soul in heaven
X Atelier Park your soul in heaven

If there isn ́t enough space for both the living and the dead, and their cars, then an efficient metropolitan solution should be proposed. This proposal’s featured concept establishes the relation of the proportion of the soil occupied by cars and graves (parkings and cemeteries), and concludes that a vertical strategy could be a possibility.

If there isn ́t enough space for both the living and the dead, and their cars, then an efficient metropolitan solution should be proposed. This proposal’s featured concept establishes the relation of the proportion of the soil occupied by cars and graves (parkings and cemeteries), and concludes that a vertical strategy could be a possibility.

Location:  New York
Year: 2014
Type: Competition
Status:  2nd Prize
Team: X atelier and Pedro Martins

Location:  New York
Year: 2014
Type: Competition
Status:  2nd Prize
Team: X atelier and Pedro Martins