Olivier Debré Contemporary Art Centre among the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award nominated works. Continue reading Aires Mateus
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It is in the link between the past and the future that the proposal comes to being: constructing a building and the urbanity of time to come, fixing our eyes from the buildings of the past that surround and summon it. A confident construction that presents the weight and density of its task which, in parallel, show the attraction of a void yet to inhabit. It is a building that in its isolation, opens itself to the world.
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One of the first things with which people identify architecture is beauty. Beauty seems to be the added value of an architect and actually the reason why we are even hired: untrained citizens build uglily, architects beautifully. Continue reading Aires Mateus
Though introducing a new program, the universal character of the space remains. Together with the existing wall, a new thick wall houses all of the social functions on the main level. Stairs within the thick wall and day lit from above make the light transition from social to private space. The more private areas – bedrooms, bathrooms and a studio– are conceived as habitable volumes in an “impossible” balance, structuring the space. The volumes, articulated by light, modulate the main space of the lower living room, emphasizing its breadth. Continue reading Aires Mateus