Sitting opposite the Palacio de Carnide, Carmim catches our eye.
An entire block blossoms into a collection of renovated homes and colourful gardens.
Carmim comprises a number of constructions of no more than three storeys, which occupy almost the entire block in the layout of a small country estate.
The project offers a choice of detached houses, two-storey apartments and a loft unit arranged around green spaces with garage parking included.
The interiors are completely reworked in a modern and elegant design, making the most of the particularities of the different buildings. Shared and private spaces have been divided with subtlety and imagination, enlarging the living areas without sacrificing privacy.
The renovation of the most dignified of the buildings, originally an 18th century palace, gives rise to:
1 extensive three-bedroom apartment with over 100m² of garden.
2 three-bedroom, split-level apartments with spacious en-suite bathrooms.
This two-storey detached house is converted into a designer one-bedroom residence with views of the Palacio de Carnide.
The studio Aires Mateus is an international benchmark for Portuguese contemporary architecture. Its mastery of innovation in the recreation of vernacular elements of the tradition has been recognised through various national and international awards.
“Because of its scale, and the very close relationship it implies with our customers, housing is always closer to us and remains the central body of our work.”
Manuel Aires Mateus
2017 Pessoa Award
Carmim receives the contribution of Evy Jokhova, a multi-disciplinary artist whose work explores the relationship between construction, body and mind in a dialogue between architecture, philosophy and art.
Carnide is a parish of sharp contrasts between the old and new, with Carmim located in the protected area of Carnide Velho, or old Carnide, where its traditionally rural aspect is largely preserved.
The ancient cobblestones, typical neighbourhood restaurants and small shops with their faithful clientele complete the picture of tranquility amid the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Carnide is traditionally known for its fertile and well-watered land. Up to the 19th century, the land bordering the Palacio de Carnide, built in 1763, belonged to Quinta Grande, the large country estate owned by the Counts of Carnide. The clearing occupied today by the Largo do Jogo da Bola was the place chosen by the counts and their guests for sporting activities, especially jogo da bola or jeu de paume – a precursor to modern tennis.