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The new house of Fado music in the center of Lisbon

One of the things Portugal is famous for is Fado music. It seems to best express the feeling of being a Portuguese. Not only the music itself but also the people who present it well are revered.

The particularly talented become legends.

Casa da Severa

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A project by the architect José Adrião

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Our next story begins with a fado singer. We do not say your name now. It is hardly known outside of Portugal. But at the time, when she died at the age of 26, she had already won the hearts of many Portuguese in Lisbon with her talent. It was difficult to come to terms with its early end. The house of the fado singer fell into the hands of the Architects José Adrião. He also lives and works in Lisbon. José Adrião turned her house into a cultural center in which Fado music naturally plays an important role. In a sense, the singer, who died early, lives on through this building.

Cultural center for fado music

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The house is located in the Mouraria district in Lisbon

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A great house in the fabulous Mouraria neighborhood

The house is located in the Mouraria district. It is in the immediate vicinity of Largo da Severa, which has developed into a center of Portuguese music. The house originally had three floors and an attic above. It extends over 104 m² and originally had many rooms. The building had many structural problems before José Adrião’s renovation.

Glance into the renovated house

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During the reconstruction, a way was found that sought to preserve the historical value of the building. But at the same time it was to be converted into a cultural center with a decidedly modern character.

This gave an old house a modern character

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In order to achieve both goals, the architect decided on the following: The historical character of the facade was preserved and the interior was modernized through a complete conversion.

The interior design was based on the prevailing style in the residential area. Most of the houses here are white in color and have a strong contemporary character.

Cozy entrance area

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Casa Severa’s restaurant

The cultural center was called Casa Severa. Among other things, there is also a restaurant there. Visitors can reach this via an open staircase. Fado music can often be heard in the restaurant.

Casa Severa’s restaurant

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A bright and cozy ambience

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Summer events with fado music

In summer, Fado music is presented to a wider audience. This happens right in front of the entrance to the cultural center.

The main hall is imposing

The main hall of the cultural center rises over 6.5 meters. This gives the room a very integral character. One of the walls functions as a screen for video projection.

The perfect atmosphere for summer events with fado music

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Modern and functional wall lights

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The ground floor

Finally, we would like to briefly introduce you to the ground floor. The functional rooms were housed there: the bathroom, the kitchen, as well as many technical facilities.

People can reach and visit all floors via an elevator.

Energetic red in the stairwell

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A romantic house for fado music

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Passionate accents in red

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