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António Patrício Building


The António Patrício House belongs to a set of three equal houses and is part of a narrow and long lot with three floors (one of them a basement), two façades and a garden at the back. It presents a typical set-up of a bourgeois house in Porto at the beginning of the twentieth century, with the two upper storeys being intended for daily use and interconnected through a central staircase, and the basement being intended for a more technical use, with access through a secondary staircase. 

NCREP worked in close collaboration with the architect Joana Vasconcelos of Atelier in.vitro, to develop an Inspection and Diagnosis (ID) campaign and an intervention project for this existing single-family dwelling in Porto.

In order to assist in the collection of information on the structural constitution of the building and its conservation status, a structural Inspection and Diagnosis (ID) campaign was carried out using experimental Non-Destructive (ND) and Semi-Destructive (SD) tests. This campaign was complemented by opening some probing windows in order to validate the tests and by seeking to minimise the impact on the structural elements using sampling of ceilings, floors and walls. The ID of the building allowed us to conclude that it is in good conservation status, requiring only limited structural rehabilitation interventions, which were developed in the implementation project together with the design of the new areas.

Photograph: NCREP, José Campos architectural photography