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Alcácer do Sal Residences / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: Alcacer do Sal, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Francisco Aires Mateus & Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Design Team: Giacomo Brenna, Paola Marini, Anna Bacchetta, Miguel Pereira
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra © FG+SG | Fernando Guerra © FG+SG | Fernando Guerra © FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

  • Contractor: Ramos Catarino, Sa
  • Engineering: Engitarget, lda
  • Landscape Architects: ABAP Luis Alçada Batista
  • Client: Santa Casa da Misericordia de Alcácer do Sal
First Floor Plan
First Floor Plan

From the architect. The project is based on a attentive reading of the life of a very specific kind of community, a sort of a micro-society with its own rules.

© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

It is a program, somewhere in between a hotel and a hospital, that seeks to comprehend and reinterpret the combination social/private, answering to the needs of a social life, and at the same time of solitude. Independents unities aggregate into a unique body, whose design is expressive and clear.

© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

The reduct mobility of those who will live in the building suggests that any displacement should be an emotive and variable experience. The distance between the independent units is measured and drawn to turn the idea of path into life, and its time into form.

© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

The building, designed path, is a wall that naturally rises from the topography: it limits and defines the open space, organizing the entire plot.

© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
© FG+SG | Fernando Guerra
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