Law Office / Nelson Resende

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Architects: Nelson Resende
Location: Rua Pedro Álvares Cabral, nº 9, ,
Project and Construction date: 2011
Client: Dra. Sandra R. Almeida
Construction: José Cerqueira
Construction Area: 49,80 sqm
Photographs: Inês D’Orey

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The place, a small existent area in a comercial and residential building, is located near the São João da Madeira’s Court, and it provides good accessibility conditions, as solar exposition, parking and a central location.

© Inês D’Orey

Despite the dimensions, this place allows the conditions to install a lawyer’s office, with the essential needs solved, as a small place to attend and receive the clients, a small washroom and the office itself.

© Inês D’Orey

This approach was made to improve these functional relations, between the referred spaces and it made an optimization of the circumstances, mainly offering the windows and the natural light to the office and the spaces where there is more permanent use, transferring the circulation area and small supports like archive into the interior.

© Inês D’Orey

The walls where substituted by wardrobes, and all the impositions where studied to improve some small aspects like better areas, archives or artificial lightning, making them work in the process as if they were just approved instead of imposed possibilities.

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We tried to reduce the type of the used materials with the purpose to simplify the solution and make it less interdependent, obtaining less time of construction and making it cheaper.

© Inês D’Orey

We wanted to increase the result by using just the wood panels to solve the walls, furniture, pavement, mixing all the elements and transforming them into a kind of mask to the office.

Closet Detail

We used a dense modulation, with small elements, to improve the space proportion, to reduce the smallness sensation, dissimulate the several plans, almost decomposing the construction elements.

Section 01

We wanted to create an abstract image, easily manageable, but simultaneously less usual, may be out of the actual tendencies to create very clean spaces, but conferring also a personalized environment, without pretensions and any kind of pressure.

Section 02

This office works as a place with character, searching a certain kind of timeless and neutrality, perhaps like if it was there even before its existence.

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  • Ziga

    If the lawyers are bad, than it is designed so the client gets used to prison interiors.

    Good detailing, but would prefer pics of “inhabited” space. Simply hate these purified architectural shots. The space isn’t designed for air…

  • Ronique@Freshome .

    When you usually see lawyer’s offices, they are usually dark and cold, or are high atop a corporate building look out above the world. This project seems almost too sterile, to be an office that a client would enjoy coming in.

    The wood use is a beautiful color, but the lack of any other colors, ornamentation, or visual amenities makes it look like a cold Human Resources office :(

    • pedro

      From what i’ve seen, contemporary (and not modern) offices are full of light with curtain-walls. Lots of glass. That is cold! And when the sun goes your office turns into an aquarium: everyone outise see clearly what your doing.
      Well, this project leads with honesty. Materials are what they are and don’t need anytihng else. Ornamentation is used to mask a bad architecture space.
      Probably that’s way this kind of noisy arch. are so… “fashion”

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