Carolina is a Portuguese architect with a extensive international background. In 2011, she joined the internationally acclaimed design firm, Barber&Osgerby, where she expanded her skills in their interior design division Universal Design Studio (UDS). During this time she had the chance to develop museum exhibitions designs and worked on the high-end retail stores as Selfridges, Jimmy Choo and the English luxury brand, Mulberry.
As Mulberry’s project manager at UDS, she and her team redesigned and launched all the 2012/13 Asian & Middle East stores, including their biggest flagship in Seoul. Before going to London, Carolina worked as an architect for the renowned firm Ateliers Jean Nouvel (Pritzker prize winner) in Paris and also in their New York office. In 2009, she was a winner of the Inov-Art Grant from the Portuguese Cultural Ministry. With her grant she went to Los Angeles to work with Sanders Architects where she developed cutting-edge, pre-fabricated housing systems. She studied in France at L’École d’Architecture de Paris la Villette and graduated from the Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa in 2006.
Jeremy is an American architect and designer practicing in Lisbon. Before moving to Portugal, Jeremy worked in London as one of the lead designers at Heatherwick Studio, where he worked on a large multi-use development project in Shanghai creating a new epicenter for the city. He also designed a monumental addition to Waddesdon Manor for the Rothschild Estate in England, along with a driver-less vehicle to transport visitors throughout the grounds. In Paris & New York, Jeremy worked for the Pritzker Prize winner Jean Nouvel. He was on the design team that developed several high profile projects including the MOMA Tower in New York and the SunCal Tower in Los Angeles. Jeremy graduated from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-arc) in Los Angeles with honors.
Atelier Backlar’s rigourous approach to design ensures the best possible outcome within the given legal, financial and client parameters. We draw upon our knowledge of running large international projects to bring efficiency and broad ideas through to the end use. We use our investigations into local culture, typologies and craft as a foundation for our design, while abstracting those elements into a unique, modern design. Our process is reliant on close communication with our clients, as we feel this always produces richer, more profound results.
The aim is to give confidence in the purchase of a property and enable fact-based estimation for the future development. We will review and translate all of the local urban rules affecting the property into a clear document which will explain how much the building can grow, and what is the best strategy to pass the city hall licensing process.
Two printed booklets* and one digital PDF containing:
* More available upon request
This may be increased if the City Hall’s archive department takes longer than usual to fulfill our request for information.
During this stage, all of the creative and functional requirements, design aspirations and time ambitions will be defined with the client to map out parameters that will guide the design.
The brief should include:
Note: As the project proceeds through its various stages, requirements may change, or may have to be changed. If/when this happens, the impact of these changes, particularly the effect on design, timings, costs and construction, will be discussed with the client.
The aim of this stage is to study all of the constraints and define the core values of the project to establish a unique design. The result will encompass general configuration of urban and landscape integration, functional characteristics, area subdivisions and their relationships. This is typically an intense creative period at the end of which a signed off concept design is produced that fully describes the spacial character, encapsulates the look and feel of the environment and fulfills the functional requirements. During this stage we would like to meet at least twice with the clients to review ideas and receive input.
The PIP is a separate and optional procedure that precedes the licensing of construction, reconstruction, extension, alteration, maintenance and demolition of buildings. The result is a signed document from the City hall and Historic Preservation Society, marking what changes may be made to the use of the building and it’s integration within the urban fabric.
In this stage, a thorough set of drawings to submit to the city hall for permits will be developed, including demolition, structural, facade, roof and infrastructural changes for the architectural proposal.
During this stage the design will be worked in considerably more detail to establish the ‘kit of parts’ that comprises the new concept. There will be adjustments to the design according to the cost estimation, material choices, equipment and ensuring that all of the components will be assembled correctly.
During this stage we will be meeting with furniture fabricators to understand their process and raw material inputs that will guide our detailed drawings for efficient manufacturing.
This role requires frequent visits to both manufacturing facilities and the building site to ensure that the teams are working in line with the agreed detailed drawings and intentions. Every 2-4 weeks, we will be submitting a detailed survey document to the client and team to keep everyone up to date on the construction & fabrication progress.
We guarantee that all teams involved in the project are communicating properly, and that every issue that arises gets solved through the proper channels.
A typical team for a medium-sized project will include:
This work is based on the design, conjugation and choice of furniture, objects, equipment, curtains, carpets, accessories. It is about planning the colors, the materials, the finishes, the textures, the lighting creating environments within a context. It is also intended to adjust the objectives to the financial resources of the client and the requirements of objective functionalities.