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From the urban hubs of Angola to the wilds of Portugal’s Alentejo, there isn’t much that Lisbon based architect António Falcão Costa Lopes of Casa Fortunato Studio touches that doesn’t become a shining accomplishment – properties full of characterful soul, orchestrated design and simply lovely places to reside and stay in.
Whether one is born with an eye for detail, design and good taste is debatable but for António Falcão Costa Lopes, his childhood in Angola, following his engineer father around construction sites definitely sowed the seeds for a lifetime fascination with buildings and how their design can affect how you feel.
With a career spanning heritage buildings, waterfront community projects, commercial structures to residential renovations, António Falcão Costa Lopes learnt his craft at the University of Lisbon, studying architecture, where he met his wife Filipa, who together have become a power couple in Lisbon’s creative elite – their unique style, warmth and personality infuses every project they come across.
One of Antonio’s unique skills is his ability to fuse the old with the new – looking at the bones of a building before deciding what should be renovated, and later enhanced by a modern touch – Antonio sees interior design as a facet just as important as architecture, he believes they must work in tandem, a beautiful synergy which gives the guest the most comfortable stay possible. This was certainly a method he applied to their hotel renovation in Alcácer do Sal, Casa Fortunato - a stylish 6 bedroom retreat filled with desginer accents.
Now Antonio transfers his knowledge into residential renovations in Lisbon and beyond, projects for his design studio are coming in thick and fast, hip Lisboans wanting a piece of Antonio’s curatorial eye.