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As short-term rental properties drive up Lisbon’s housing prices, residents seeking to live in tourist-heavy neighbourhoods like Janelas Verdes must embrace unconventional real estate. Here, mirrored windows work to adapt a former art gallery into an inviting home. White walls, an open layout and a sculptural banister maintain some of the property’s former life, while soft mint-green cabinetry adds domestic warmth.

Downstairs, the already-calm retreat lets out a soft exhale, presenting a bright and spacious bathroom and open-concept living, office and bedroom space, all comfortably sheltered from the busy urban activity above.

Team Paulo Dias with João Varela and Ana Santos

AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: Casa das Janelas Verdes

As short-term rental properties drive up Lisbon’s housing prices, residents seeking to live in tourist-heavy neighbourhoods like Janelas Verdes must embrace unconventional real estate.

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2013
Winner + People’s ChoiceResidential
Location
Mexico City
Firm
Frente Arquitectura, Mexico City
Team
Juan Pablo Maza with Estefanía Hoth and Daniel Nava
2020
People’s ChoiceResidential
Location
Toronto, Canada
Firm
Akb Architects, Canada
2022
Award of MeritResidential
Location
Baie-d’Urfé, Canada
Firm
Alain Carle Architecte, Canada