The programme required the combining of two distinct and antagonistic functions (workshop and house) in a single construction, demanding their absolute autonomy, isolation and the absence of any visual relationship.
The natural slope of the ground and its orientation in relation to the sun were the key to this difficult equation. Two parallelepiped pavilions, arranged perpendicular to each other, create an L-shaped volume fragmented at the different levels of the existing topography. Continue reading brandão costa
The construction of the new buildings completes the establishment of the complex that was never finished to the south and allows for an increased number of available houses, keeping the scale of the earlier architectural context.
The new two stores blocks apartments are designed to enclosure singles houses (one on top of the other) with direct and independent entry. The volumes seat in their gardens in the back entrance door façade and expose their windows to the street. Continue reading brandão costa
The house is spread over a generous plot, deeply set within the city’s road structure, at a lower level than the streets and surroundings. It extends spatially in a deliberately geometric composition, with lines perpendicular to the line of the boundary walls. This layout results in a triangular space with an accelerated perspective, over which the domestic areas are arranged, adapted in dimension and functional sequence to the main figure, with circulation to the north and functions to the south, protected by the overhanging projection of the roof. The roof of this space symmetrically inverts its geometry. An inverted pitched roof entirely covers the interior space, and at the edges two triangular verandas extend the living space to the outside area. The house recalls a tent, the ridge of which crosses the space diagonally, creating an organic tension, emphasised by the dense weight of the exposed concrete innards that extend gravitationally over the fluid and continuous floor of the interior partitioning. Continue reading brandão costa
The design for the new city library in Caminha is part of a programme launched in the 1990s, within the Portuguese network of public libraries, associating the creation of resources with the dissemination of books and reading.
The land available for construction is located in the old town, within the area of influence of the walled zone, very close to the Cathedral and other historic monuments of this small town.
It is part of the old Jailhouse and present City Museum quarter, this new amenity resulting from the use of a vacant 19th century house and its patio area. Continue reading Brandão Costa
The building is an industrial extension of the existing factory. The brief comprises functional spaces that require large dimensions and amplitude: Showroom, factory floor, canteen and warehouse with access for heavy goods vehicles. The land for construction, with a steep West-East gradient, and the presence of a high voltage electricity pylon at the eastern end, restricted the design of a large empty box, with an oblong perimeter, extending the alignments of the existing factory buildings. Continue reading brandão costa