S. Vítor Street Ilha

- / Bernardo Amaaral

Séc. XIX / 2015


Attilio Fiumarella

Regular Visits

Visita ao espaço orientada pela equipa de voluntários Open House.


Visita ao espaço comentada pelo autor do projecto de arquitectura ou por um especialista convidado.


Visit accompanied by Architect Bernardo Amaral

Maximum 15 people per visit

No reservation required; first-come, first-served

No wheelchair access

Photography allowed


The number 113 of S. Vítor Street is a gate lateral to a house with a door and a window. The lot, with 5,75 meters in the front, hides an inside street with about 1,40 meters wide, that gave access to another 8 houses of 14 square meters: it is an island, as many, hidden in the fabric of the city. The Porto Islands that fit into the long patios, normally of 1800s bourgeois houses, originally appeared in the Oriental part of town to lodge the working class in the second half of the 19th century. In this area, between the Saldanha block and the S. Vítor SAAL operation (distinct chronologic and morphologic operations but with the same end – to solve the housing problem), we find a recent example of a simple rehabilitation of an island. The low budget intervention consisted essentially in the duplication of areas, by assembling volumes (28 square meters T1), and in the elimination of annexes, giving back free space outside the houses (temporary residencies for artists). The island offers a free space, of creation, simultaneously receiving renewed energy to reinvent itself.


Rua de São Vítor, 113


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Subway: Linha A, B, C, E, F - Campo 24 de Agosto

Bus: STCP - 207, 400