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Mar do Oriente / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Project Leaders: Valentino Capelo Sousa, Bruno Moura Anes
  • Collaborators: Patrícia Marques, Maria Rebelo Pinto, Tiago Mestre, Afonso Almeida Fernandes
  • Structural Engineer: José Nascimento
  • Electrical Engineer & Communications: Saraiva de Figueiredo
  • Landscape Design: Margarida Quelhas
  • Client: “Mar do Oriente” Cooperative
  • Air Treatment: João Soares
  • Acoustics: José Nascimento
  • Constructor: Empreiteiros Casais
  • Built Area: 16,700 sqm
  • Area: 7200.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

From the architect. 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
© FG+SG – Fernando 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.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra
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