Bruno Carvalho, architect, designer and multidisciplinary artist, founding partner of BC architects. Graduated in Fine Arts and architecture, he has more than 20 years of experience. He taught at universities, and throughout his career, he has been distinguished with important national and international awards, together with his founding partner, Camila Avelar.
Design in Lisbon: For an architecture studio with great recognition in Brazil, how important is a project signed outside the country?
Bruno Carvalho: Having international projects adds value to our brand and allows the studio to expand into the foreign market.
DL: How did the opportunity to carry out this project in Portugal come about?
BC: This project started with the clients moving to the country.
DL: Is it very different working in Portugal compared to other countries?
BC: Not only in Portugal. Even in Brazil, each region, being a continental country, has its own particularities. But on the European continent, the architectural orientation is different. This is a big difference when designing.
DL: One of your statements is that ‘Your projects transmit poetry in each space’. What conveys this project developed in Cascais?
BC: One of the fundamental pillars of the work carried out by BC is art. Art in every sense, in a light, delicate and sensorial way.
DL: Like others, this project uses wood a lot. What is so special about this raw material?
BC: Joinery, especially certified natural wood, is one of the pillars in our projects. In addition to aesthetics and texture, it brings sophistication and hospitality.
DL: How important is light in interiors?
BC: Fundamental and necessary. Light brings brightness, shadow and poetry to spaces.
Light brings brightness, shadow and poetry to spaces.
DL: Was it challenging to find design brands in Lisbon that are not as well known in Brazil?
BC: On the contrary. QuartoSala, a major partner of our studio, has the best in design on a global scale, from established European brands to high-quality Brazilian design.
DL: How was the collaboration with QuartoSala?
BC: It was amazing. In addition to products with various possibilities, the service and care for professionals and their customers make the brand a differentiator. We felt like we were choosing the products as if we were at home.
DL: How does it feel to see a project finished?
BC: It is the object of all our work. We only understand that our work is complete when we produce the house for our clients.
DL: What design pieces would you highlight from this project and why?
BC: I highlight Paola Lenti, with her construction technique and simple, versatile design.
DL: You created your studio around 20 years ago. What would you highlight as your guiding line along this journey?
BC: A timeless architecture and interiors full of affectionate memories
DL: There are many award-winning projects at Casa Decor, in the Brazilian press, and most recently an IF Design Award. How important is an international award of this size to the continuity of your work?
BC: The awards are recognition of the long work carried out by our talented team at BC Arquitetos. It validates and endorses our brand both on the national scene and projects us to the international market.
DL: What role does Art play in your projects? And this one in particular?
BC: As I mentioned above, one of the three pillars of our work, the curation of art, as well as furniture, makes a big difference in the result, classifies and brings to light a particular and exclusive atmosphere.
DL: We know that there are projects currently underway in Lisbon. What could happen differently in your future approach?
BC: We have had frequent projects in the city for a few years now, and this year, in particular, very special projects. Our goal by the end of the year is to have our official office in the city.
DL:What do you love most about your work?
BC: Getting to know people and their stories. Architecture, in addition to being transformative, connects us to the stories of each client.
DL: Architecture and interior design. How are these two disciplines related?
BC: For us, there are no barriers. On the contrary, we understand that the house begins with who will inhabit it. Their needs, resident profile and the construction of architecture, both aesthetically and in terms of functionality, are directly linked to the human being. Architecture needs to have plasticity and concern with its location, ventilation and lighting. Your interiors need to relate to these functions and bring, in addition to what we mentioned above, affective memories.
Architecture needs to have plasticity and concern with its location, ventilation and lighting. Your interiors need to relate to these functions and bring, in addition to what we mentioned above, affective memories.