Mar do Oriente / Aires Mateus

FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: , Portugal
Project Leaders: Valentino Capelo Sousa, Bruno Moura Anes
Collaborators: Patrícia Marques, Maria Rebelo Pinto, Tiago Mestre, Afonso Almeida Fernandes
Client: “Mar do Oriente” Cooperative
Structural Engineer: José Nascimento
Air treatment: João Soares
Electrical Engineer & Communications: Saraiva de Figueiredo
Acoustics: José Nascimento
Landscape design: Margarida Quelhas
Constructor: Empreiteiros Casais
Surface Area: 7,200 sqm
Built Area: 16,700 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

level 00 plan
east elevation

Over a platform, eight volumes are built, in which the significance of each volume is reinforced by repetition, not equal, but identical. The buildings have the same distance between themselves, repeating their external image, their height and width. The variation happens in their length and thus footprint on the platform.

FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

As abstract objects the volumes are on the border of the platform, releasing a vast area in the centre. In the core of the intervention, the platform slab is cut to illuminate the internal plaza, one level below, from where all the accesses to offices are located. The square promotes the connection of all four surrounding streets. The façades expose a constant module, defined not by a materiality (concrete or stone) but by an immateriality: light alignments that cross from the gallery wall to the ceiling.

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Cite: "Mar do Oriente / Aires Mateus" 23 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>