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Gruta do Escoural / Nuno Simões + DNSJ.arq

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

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

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The main concernsof the structure to allow visitors inside the cave, was to beable torunaclean and dry construction, considering the impossibility of usingconstruction techniquesthat would requireweldingand / orin situconcreteand the use ofenduringmaterialscapable of withstandingthe passage of timein aparticularly hostileenvironment. We decided that thisstructure should be opaque andblackin sharp contrastwith thelight color of thelimestone cave.

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