When a carpentry workshop came on the market in Lisbon, Portugal, it was anything but a potential home. The address was closed off, dark, and full of wood — naturally — but Kema Studio purchased it thinking that a little ingenuity could turn this space into a bright and inventive property.
Once the workshop was theirs to recreate, the team decided that there were plenty of original elements, like rounded archways and discarded natural woods, that they could use in a modern redesign. They highlighted those archways and woodworks with patterned tiles and cork panels, and then created custom furnishings and structural details from materials found on-site. Everything was kept to a minimal palette to give each room an airy finish, which also allows sunlight to stream in more easily.
In the end, the team found that not much had to be done to change this locale. It already had the materials to become a modern home, it just needed the vision.