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Casa das Caldeiras / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos

  • 00:00 - 7 June, 2010
Casa das Caldeiras / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos
Casa das Caldeiras / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +46

  • Architects

    João Mendes Ribeiro e Cristina Guedes
  • Location

    UC-Faculdade de Economia, 3000 Coimbra, Portugal
  • Project Design

    Duarte Krüger, Eva Berghofer, Francisco Mourão, Manuela Nogueira, Marco Pedrosa, Odete Pereira, Luís Crisóstomo, Pedro Grandão, Ricardo Silva, Sónia Bom, Sónia Gaspar
  • Structural Engineer

    Alípio Guedes
  • Electrical Engineer

    Fernando Silva
  • Built Project

    Adalgisa Lopes, Cristina Maximino, Ana Rita Martins, Catarina Fortuna, Diana Afonso, Joana Figueiredo, Jorge Teixeira Dias
  • Hydraulic Engineer

    Alípio Guedes
  • Collaborators

    Duarte Krüger, Eva Berghofer, Francisco Mourão, Manuela Nogueira, Marco Pedrosa, Odete Pereira, Luís Crisóstomo, Pedro Grandão, Ricardo Silva, Sónia Bom, Sónia Gaspar (Project Design). Adalgisa Lopes, Cristina Maximino, Ana Rita Martins, Catarina Fortuna, Diana Afonso, Joana Figueiredo, Jorge Teixeira Dias (Built Project)
  • Client

    Universidade de Coimbra
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. This project involves remodelling the old Thermal Centre of University of Coimbra Hospital and constructing a new building. It was developed at the end of 1990s to house the Photographic Study Centre of the University of Coimbra.

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

The work was completed about ten years later and the building handed over to the Faculty of Arts to serve as the premises for post-graduate courses in Art Studies. Despite the fact that the use and programme of the building had been altered the core characteristics of the project were maintained in full. The project led to requalification of the existing building, on the one hand enhancing it within its historical context of industrial archaeology and, on the other, clarifying its integration in the town structure.

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

The actual remodelling of the building involved minimal intervention and consisted in restoring the building, maintaining the structural machinery of the boilers and creating suitable air-conditioning and lighting systems for the new programme: cafeteria and art bookshop. The new building was designed in a deliberately neutral language to hightlight the main Casa das Caldeiras building and it was made in apparent concrete. It rises vertically in three square sectioned spaces of varying heights and combinations.

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

The basis of its design is the configuration and volume of the old “coat room”.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Casa das Caldeiras / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos" 07 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/62876/casa-das-caldeiras-joao-mendes-ribeiro-e-cristina-guedes/>
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20 Comments

Edward · September 09, 2012

Interesting Composition

FernandoLimaPacheco · February 13, 2011

"Arquitecture In Pt" - Coimbra -Casa das Caldeiras http://fb.me/PIDkNEBN

Pedro Furtado · June 18, 2010

Congratulations both, awesome work!

JuanLuisBurke · June 09, 2010

This is quite an interesting project for people who are into conservation, additions to historical contexts, and industrial archaeology. The way they maintain the old machinery in the space and integrate it into the new building functions makes for excellent contrasts and atmosphere. I like how the new concrete addition building works in the complex and performs three things, namely, to mark a contemporary intervention, to add a subtle factory-industrial aesthetic to the complex with its simple shape and rough material, and to draw as little attention as possible so as not to compete with the old. Excellent project.

andreas · June 08, 2010

congratulations!!
very beautifull. prerfect sence of space, body and time (or history).

squidly · June 08, 2010

only an idiot would take the statement made above about Portuguese architects literally. The gist of the statement is true; Portugal has given the architectural world some consistently brilliant work the past couple of decades, characterized by the clean, stark lines, thoughtful lighting, and beautiful workmanship on display in this project.

Matias Cerrutti · June 08, 2010

Eu adoro a forma como os portugueses tendem a responder a qualquer tipo de critica!
Dor de cotovelo? Sois muito tristes...

Portugueses architects f******* are awesome!!!
Happy now? /facepalm

Sara · June 08, 2010 06:46 PM

Mas eu concordo com o ponto de vista agressivo do rubbish, só acho desnecessário criticar comentários do género “alguém está com dor de cotovelo”, até porque nem fazem muito sentido..

Sara · June 08, 2010 04:11 PM

querias provavelmente dizer: portuguese architects are f****** awesome
Não leves isto tão a sério, eles responderam na brincadeira...e já viste se todos os comentários fossem tão amargos como o teu?

Claro que não podemos generalizar a qualidade do trabalho dos arquitectos portugueses, mas é verdade que somos aplaudidos pelo esforço de sintese e equilíbrio.

tsk tsk · June 08, 2010

Rubbish is right, that's a sweeping generalisation on subjective matter.
Not all portuguese architecture has excellent control and balance, like any architecture in the world, thus being a generalisation.
Dor de cotovelo? É um bom projecto mas não passa disso, quer isto dizer que me doi o cotovelo?

Maurizio Mucciola · June 08, 2010

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Nicholas Patten · June 08, 2010

Casa das Caldeiras. http://bit.ly/9QMvBw

Georgia Amorim · June 07, 2010

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Ivan Costa · June 07, 2010

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archiholic · June 07, 2010

The Portugueses architects are awesome!!!... They have a excelent control and balance.

Rui Agnelo · June 07, 2010 11:20 PM

Ai ai a dor de cotovelo!

rubbish · June 07, 2010 08:44 PM

What does that even mean!? Are you honestly making a sweeping generalisation about a subjective matter? Dumb.

Tutto Ardito · June 07, 2010

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Scott @ Cube Studio · June 07, 2010

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O. ARQUITECTOS SRS · June 07, 2010

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jun · June 07, 2010

beautifulllll!!!

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