Sitting opposite to the Palacio de Carnide, Carmim catches our eye.
An entire block blossoms into a collection of renovated homes and colourful gardens.
Carmim comprises several constructions of no more than 3 stories, which occupy almost the entire block in the layout of a small country estate.
The project includes detached houses, two-story apartments and a loft unit arranged around green spaces with garage parking included.
The renovation of the most dignified of the buildings, dating back to the 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.
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 civil parish of sharp contrasts between the old and new. Carmim is part of the special protection area of Carnide Velho or old Carnide and to a large extent conserves its former traditionally rural aspect.
The old preserved cobblestones, the typical restaurants and the small shops with their faithful clientele complete the picture of tranquillity amid the frenzy of the big city.