Living space in Lisbon is often derelict and over-priced. The Portuguese architect Miguel Abecasis took one of these run-down apartments in the city center, and turned it into a modern loft with a terasse overlooking the capital.
Our first research visit in Lisbon recalled Berlin just after 1989
For many years Berlin was our second home. We loved the chaotic atmosphere and crazy energy that characterized the city after the Fall of The Wall in 1989: The immidiate merge of the completely different Eastern & Western parts of town opened an unpreparred source of energy and creativity that flooded the city with fantastic street art, galleries, restaurants & cafes from all over the world, music, fashion & design and architecture no one was preparred for.
Last time we we’re in Berlin 3 years ago we had a fantastic experience – and we still love the city. But we couldn’t find the anachy, chaos and creativity that surprisede us whereever we walked 15 – 20 yeas ago.
We found it again – first in Istanbul and then last year in Lisbon.
Everywhere we go in Lisbon we get knocked out by all the same things we loved so much in Berlin: fantastic street art, galleries, restaurants & cafes from all over the world, music, fashion & design and architecture
So far we haven’t really discovered the architecture for living spaces in Lisbon – the way people took over the houses in Kreuzkoelln, PrenzlBerg and Friedrichshain in Berlin and turned the flats into completely unexpectedly super designed new homes was still on our list of things we looked for in Lisbon.
Yesterday when Deutsche Welle uploaded this video we got the first glimpse of what is hidden behind the ordinary looking Portugues buidlings in Lisbon