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Brufe Social Center / Imago

  • Architects: Imago
  • Location: Brufe, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge: André de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes + António Jorge de Moura Leitão Cerejeira Fontes
  • Co Author: Nuno Cruz, António Dias, Bruno Marques
  • Collaborators: Architect José Forte, Architect Sónia Gonçalves, Architect José Pedro Fernandes, Architect José Miguel Bahia, Architect Pedro Negrões Soares, Engineer Eugénia Fontes, Dr. Tiago Fontes
  • Construction: Telhabel Construções S.A
  • Area: 1876.95 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos

From the architect. Based on a block form some openings are carved to illuminate the interior space or in most cases tearing and piercing the building to its inner courtyard. The building is turned inside out: the exterior façades look opaque, dense, with just a few carves in the main points of the building like the stairs and the main entrance. The interior façades appear as a translucid and continuous glass curtain wall that embrace the internal patio shaded by proposed trees.

© José Campos
© José Campos

In the top portion of the mass each carving provokes an event with its surroundings, covered parking spaces, main entrance, and a covered seating area for open air events. The programs criteria includes day care, rest home, office and service areas and is organized in functional blocks surrounding a central court yard. The physical communication within itself accentuates permanent visual relationship. The interconnection or independence when necessary is distributed in a permanent manner.

© José Campos
© José Campos
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