Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Santo Tirso, Portugal
Collaborators: Marco Arraiolos, Anna Bacchetta, Bruna Parro
Engineering: AFA Consult
Client: Portugal Telecom
Constructor: LENA / ABRANTINA
Surface Area: 4,700 sqm
Built Area: 3,985 sqm
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: João Morgado
The plot assimilates a sequence of different levels, that can be seen from the higher city, in different points and moments. Its position marks the transition between the urban landscape of the city of Santo Tirso, and the natural landscape of a cultivated valley.
The project is conceived starting from these existing values: the topography and the border condition.
A clear system is organized inside “telluric” volumes gravitating around a big central space. The patios and openings between the volumes register the experience of light during the day.