When architectural firm Lioz landed an assignment to completely rehab a mid-19th century apartment building in Lisbon, Portugal, they had to figure out how to wipe out the structure's inner workings without destroying the property's history. Built over 150 years ago, the apartments were made for small-space dwellers: each unit carved out of minimal possible square footage and featured bizarre layouts.
The answer: remove walls to allow more sunlight to pass through along with a white palette that would increase the sense of openness. Embellishments were kept simple: The floors are all pine, while exposed wood support beams and matching ceiling offer borders created out of natural materials.
The homes may still be small, but they capture a sensibility that reflects their surroundings in Graça, a lively neighborhood known for its flea markets and cafes. The architects chose pale yellow for the facade, a color that adds to the welcoming spirit.