Roof view

Located in Sintra, an area that is known for its romanticist palaces and gardens as well as it’s relative proximity to the sea, this project stands within the former Puppeteers’ Quarter. Originally designed as a cooperative typology made up of two houses facing one another and connected by a small courtyard. This project aims to renovate the existing buildings while preserving the integrity of the original typology.


The concept of the design is based on the relationship between two skins; the existing outer skin and the new interior skin which explores the theme of puppeteers’ scenography.


This new layer of skin is conceived, to create spaces with unique character, modelled towards the different living-activities like on the set of a stage. The design explores the plasticity and expression of light-weight construction, projecting its geometry onto the floor and ceiling of each space.


The dialogue between the exterior and interior skins generates ‘in-between’ spaces, which are designated complementary uses like back-of-stage areas. The misalignments and overlaps between both skins are made visible in the windows panels, hand-crafted wooden furniture, the door handles all the way down to the last detail.


The show must go on!


Sintra, Portugal


Under construction




Diogo Figueiredo

in collaboration with

Pedro França Jorge


Prodetail, Engenharia e Consultoria




Sintra, Portugal