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Aires Mateus

Renovation of the Trinity College – European College . Coimbra

Aires Mateus . Renovation of the Trinity College - European College . Coimbra (20)

Aires Mateus . photos: ​​© Nelson Garrido

The project starts with the consideration of heritage and historical values. We differentiate between the “eternal” value of the project´s masses: the compression of the great walls and domes, and the “ephemeral” character of the old structures: constructive systems traditionally made of wood. The project was developed following this understanding of passing time, preserving the value of the “eternal” and proposing a new “ephemeral”. A structure made of steel, separate and flooded with light, suggests a new contemporaneity.
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Renovation of the Trinity College – European College

client: Universidade de Coimbra
localization: Coimbra, Portugal
date of project: 2001-2013
date of construction: 2014-2016
surface area: 1910 sqm
builting area: 4093 sqm
site area: 2300 sqm

authors: Manuel e Francisco Aires Mateus
project leader: susana rodrigues
collaborators: valentino capelo sousa, patrícia marques,
mariana barbosa mateus, joana carmo simões,
vânia fernandes, olga sanina, sara nobre
engineer: BETAR, GPEC Trofa, JOULE, José Galvão Teles
constructor: Veiga Lopes S.A.

Parte-se do património existente compreendendo o construído como um valor. Entende-se o legado da sucessão dos tempos explícitos na matéria. Distingue-se o “eterno” das massas, à compressão dos grandes muros e abóbadas, do “efémero” das estruturas à tracção, estruturas historicamente construídas em madeira. O projecto actua com esta leitura do tempo passado, preservando o valor do “eterno” e propondo um novo “efémero”. Uma estrutura em aço destacada pela luz, o tempo de uma nova contemporaneidade.

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