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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. Continue reading Aires Mateus

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Aires Mateus

Meeting Centre . Grândola

Aires Mateus . Meeting Centre . Grândola (1)

Aires Mateus . photos: © Nelson Garrido . + divisare

The context in its distances, alignments, proportions, define the mass. The program determines the project. A meeting centre for large gatherings or small groups. The ceiling, in its variations and geometry answers the program. A complete horizontal clearness outlines the space as a whole, which as atmosphere opposes to the weight of the vertical voids. The support functions deepen the external and peripheral wall. The final image is determined by the interaction of internal space and occupied façade. Continue reading Aires Mateus

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Aires Mateus . Valsassina

Palácio Condes de Murça . Lisboa

Aires Mateus . Valssassina . Palácio Condes de Murça . Lisboa (1)

Aires Mateus Architects . Frederico Valsassina Architects . photos: © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

The context is the historic, noble, of the city of Lisbon, next to the river Tagus, a place of dense urban continuities, punctuated by notable buildings; Palaces, convents and Churches. The monumental building has the sobriety of our history and its continuation the project rests. Continue reading Aires Mateus . Valsassina