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Aires Mateus

Architecture Faculty . Tournai

© Tim Van de velde

Aires Mateus . photos: © Tim Van de Velde

The project occupies the interior of a historical city block where buildings from different identities and periods coexist. There are two industrial buildings and a convent that has been used as a hospital. The new building is positioned in order to bond together each of these structures and to define new external spaces. All the existing buildings are connected vertically and horizontally throughout the block. Inside, public functions are sheltered, like the foyer and auditorium, operating not only as passage spaces and meeting places, but also as a part of a new identity. Continue reading Aires Mateus

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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