SALTO (pt)
1. An act of jumping; leap.
2. To abruptly spring free from the ground by muscular action to overcome a certain space or to return to the same spot.

SALTO is a Lisbon-based architecture and interior design studio founded in 2021 by André, Miguel and Marco, after more than ten years of international experience across London, Zurich and Lisbon.

The studio operates across various scales and typologies of projects, from private homes to public buildings and collaborations with international businesses. With a strong design focus, our architecture rises from a desire to combine advanced design processes and techniques with a passion for natural, sustainable materials and craft. We are passionate about challenging the norms, and our collaborative dialogue with clients, consultants and contractors results in a meticulous and sustained approach to construction and detailing. 

We strive to produce architecture which is rooted in place, drawing on construction techniques, contemporary art and design to achieve a singularity of locally and culturally sustained projects that reflect our constant research between matter and sensorial spatial environments, shaped by carefully curated forms and materials.

Founding Partners

Andre Nave

Andre  began his career in Lisbon, working for Bica Arquitectos and Broadway Malyan, before settling in London, where he’s gained a prolific international experience in various architecture typologies, scales and details.
Having worked at Piercy & Company and Jump Studios, his wide knowledge of office building design, retail and workplace fit-out have granted him Lead positions in projects for clients like Derwent London, Google, Saatchi & Saatchi or Boston Consulting Group in Europe, US and the Middle-East.

Marco Dos Santos

Marco's extensive knowledge in various scales of housing projects commenced in Bica Arquitectos, where he worked as project and design lead for 8 years.
Having worked at Jump Studios (London), he was project lead for the Google HQ Tel-Aviv before relocating to Switzerland, where he worked with Küchel Architects in St. Moritz, and Suzanne Fritz Architekten in Zurich, having gained a vast experience in private housing projects and hospitality competitions within Europe and the Middle East.

Miguel O'Neill

Miguel has over twenty years of experience as an architect and developer, having successfully led large scale residential, educational and pharmaceutical projects in Portugal and the Middle East through his former studio OM2A.
Holding dual masters, in Architecture and Business & Administration, his career has granted him skills to successfully manage the business side of the studio, along with his role as a key-stakeholder at developers SOMA Partners.