Thursday, February 27, 2014

New partners, refreshed design

Hello everyone! We are back to let you know what we’ve been up to the last days!
After some productive meetings with our partners we are able to confirm the re-introduction of the mezzanine on the ground floor, which will be constructed by Norporto, one of our most recent partners! We also had the chance to meet Eng. Ávila e Sousa, from Gyptec, which kindly thought us through their wall and ceiling revetment systems, and accompanied us in a site visit to see how their solutions fit our specific case. In this sense, we also counted with the help of topographer Paulo Sousa, which helped us map the roof structure and the numerous variations of our building, considering the need for accurate information in order to design and install the ceiling with ease. We also welcomed our partners from Gercima on site, where we discussed and decided on the new windows to be produced.
Another highlight of the week was our visit to one of the locations of Ribeira VintageApartments, really close to our headquarters, in the highly historical street of Mouzinho da Silveira. Situated in the heart of Porto, in a quarter which was recently refurbished by TopDomus, the building combines different typologies of flats, which successfully match the traditional qualities and specificities of Porto’s building characteristics, with the requirements and performance of contemporary materials and architectural development.
In the meantime, we are also progressing on the design project, deciding on textures and materials, as well as the different finishes and possibilities of use for the mezzanine, ground floor and basement areas.
For the mezzanine we are considering the possibility of its enclosure, adding sliding panels which will allow for two different activities to be developed at the same time between the ground floor and the upper space. For the ground floor we are designing a common area at the entrance revolving around a tile covered wall which will be personalized in the forthcoming weeks. As for the basement, we are creating a new floor pattern, as well as a modular system of storage, that can suggest or facilitate some possible uses for this space; projects inside this project, which we intend to develop in the upcoming weeks.

Almost two months after our arrival we are keeping busy here in Arrebita!Porto headquarters, and it feels like time is flying by too quickly. We are already considering and interviewing the members for Team 9, and it feels that it was only yesterday that we were being interviewed ourselves. However, with a month to go, we still have a lot of things we want to develop further, and a lot of ideas to put to action!

In the meantime, we’ll keep you posted! Cheers from Arrebita!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Designing A!Plan

Hello fellow Arrebitas!

Here we are again with some great news to share with you!
As the preparation of the work to be done in the facade continues, we are pleased to let you know that we have a new partner, Gercima, which will be responsible for the production of the Arrebita! windows, which we thank and welcome with excitement!
As the design plan of the facade starts to come together, we are also focusing our attention in the interior design of the building, considering the re-introduction of the mezzanine, above the ground floor. As it would allow us to explore the full potential of this storey’s exceptionally high ceiling, as well as to maximize its flexibility in the future, we will meet Norporto this week and go through the different possibilities of its development, having in mind the full potential of light steel framing construction as well as the specificities of the building, which we will weight and consider together, on site.
With the latest developments in mind, we are searching for an architectural image that will allow the building to come together as a whole, bringing together the materials and services made available through our partners in action, as well as the different uses and purposes the building will embrace. From the housing units, where our A!box will be crucial for the definition of space and architectural language, to the ground floor, mezzanine and basement, open to different and versatile purposes and activities.
With all this in mind, this week will be an exciting one! Today, Natalia Solano, our architect in residence, will work with us in an intensive session, focused on the A!box and the overall architectural design of the building. From there, we will meet our partners from Gyptec, Gercima and Norporto throughout the week, in order to clarify any doubts we might have and develop the project even further!
We’ll keep you posted as always! Feel free to follow us also through facebook and instagram for more updates!
Cheers from Arrebita!