Vault Apartment is a minimal apartment located in Lisbon, Portugal, designed by Studio Gameiro. At the heart of Vault’s design philosophy is the reinterpretation of historical motifs, notably the Arch of São Bento—a once pivotal architectural element in the street’s identity, now relocated yet still resonant within the community. This concept has inspired the layout and aesthetic of the apartment, infusing modern living spaces with historical undertones. The interior showcases a seamless integration of the old and new. The main social area, highlighted by a bespoke dining table set on an Iroko wood base and surrounded by restored chairs by Gianfranco Frattini, sets the stage for the apartment’s refined aesthetic. This flows into a cozy breakfast nook that exemplifies chic functionality, blending lightness and structure.

A corridor adorned with stone arches guides residents through the space, echoing the arch theme while leading to private areas including bedrooms and a family bathroom. The journey culminates in a master suite that exudes a cinematic quality, with its expansive layout designed to enhance the playful yet functional use of space. Materials such as Moleanos limestone and brass are utilized throughout, not only for their aesthetic appeal but also as a nod to Lisbon’s Aqueduto das Águas Livres. These materials define the space with their presence in structural and decorative elements like kitchen countertops and bathroom sinks, reinforcing the apartment’s architectural narrative. Moreover, the apartment features clever lighting solutions and detailed woodwork that enhance its historical yet contemporary ambiance, ensuring that each design element contributes to a cohesive narrative of space and history.