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  7. Casa da Escrita / João Mendes Ribeiro

Casa da Escrita / João Mendes Ribeiro

  • 00:00 - 18 July, 2011
Casa da Escrita / João Mendes Ribeiro
Casa da Escrita / João Mendes Ribeiro, © do mal o menos
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Coimbra, Portugal
  • Structural Engineering

    Paulo Maranha Tiago
  • Mechanical Engineering

    João Madeira da Silva
  • Electrical Engineering

    Pascoal FaÌsca, Fernando Canha
  • Thermal Engineering

    Paulo Sampaio
  • Landscape Architecture

    João Gomes da Silva
  • Hydraulic Engineering

    Maria Fernanda Sobral
  • Acoustical Engineering

    Celsa Vieira
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Recently awarded the Diogo Castilho 2011 Architectural Prize, the Casa da Escrita, former Casa do Arco and residence of the poet João Cochofel, is located in the old upper part of Coimbra and is inserted in a dense urban set of predominantly residential narrow winding streets.

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The program asked for the contemporary reuse of the building, adapting it to new functions, reconciling patrimonial and symbolic values with the present demands for comfort and flexibility embodied in the "emptying" and simplification of the living spaces. Moreover, all the furniture of Casa da Escrita was carefully selected to fit the new spaces and a new functional program, without losing reference to the original space and the houses atmosphere of comfort and intimacy.

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© do mal o menos

The house is now an open archive, writing workshop and temporary residence for writers supporting a broad set of different activities and interactions between literary writing and other artistic creations.

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© do mal o menos

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João Mendes Ribeiro
Cite: "Casa da Escrita / João Mendes Ribeiro" 18 Jul 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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