The Baixa House in Lisbon’s historical district has been making headlines in the design world for quite some time now. I missed it despite all the noise and only came across this jewel while browsing a magazine during my vacations. It came as a real inspiration while browsing for ideas for my current renovation project here in Madrid.
The project of this 18th century building turned into a unique accommodation concept of serviced apartments was born in 2010. Jesús Moraime, the Spanish owner and a landscape gardener, had bought the building and initially thought about refurbishing it to rent out the separate units while keeping a few for short term rentals. This idea evolved into the entire building being devoted to apartments with a homey atmosphere and individualized design. The building was carefully renovated to keep its original features and by doing so was awarded the 2011 Vasco Vilalva Award for the recovery and enhancement of Portuguese heritage by the Fundación Gulbenkian. Each of the thirteen units was then furnished with an eclectic selection of vintage furniture and accessories, with an emphasis on using local Portuguese products like the rugs produced in Monsaraz by Mizette Nielsen.
Each flat is named after one of Lisbon’s gardens and features a large scale photography, taken by the owner, of the garden after which it is named. Outdoor furniture, botanical prints and fresh flowers are incorporated into the design to reinforce this idea. The Baixia House is not a hotel but every day fresh products are delivered to your doorstep for breakfast, the idea being to make you feel like at a friend’s place.
I can’t get enough of the mix of traditional and modern, the weathered furniture, the fabulous 70’s lighting, or the light that fills those beautiful apartments. We have visited Lisbon a few years ago but this makes me want to go back as soon as possible, which for once doesn’t sound too crazy while living in Madrid. Are you as enthusiastic as I am about the Baixa House or is it too spare or vintage looking for you? Have a wonderful weekend.
* Photography by Ana Paula Carvalho – Courtesy of Baixa House