Gruta do Escoural / Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq

  • 02 Aug 2013
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Architects: Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq
Location: Escoural, Montemor-o-novo, Alentejo,
Structural Engineers: Artur Pinto Martins
Lighting: Fernando Brito
Year: 2011
Photographs: FG+SG


From the architect. The assignment was to build a new structure to replace the former temporary structure which was in very poor condition and a new antechamber. The antechamber, needed to control the thermal exchanges,was thought like a new “perfect rock” among the others existing ones.


The main concerns of the structure to allow visitors inside the cave, was to be able to run a clean and dry construction, considering the impossibility of using construction techniques that would require welding and/or in situ concrete and the use of enduring materials capable of withstanding the passage of time in a particularly hostile environment. We decided that this structure should be opaque and black in sharp contrast with the light color of the limestone cave.


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