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  7. Mortuary Houses in Alhandra / Matos Gameiro Arquitectos

Mortuary Houses in Alhandra / Matos Gameiro Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 30 December, 2013
  • Translated by Nico Saieh
Mortuary Houses in Alhandra / Matos Gameiro Arquitectos
Mortuary Houses in Alhandra / Matos Gameiro Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG + 13

  • Collaborators

    Gonçalo Pinheiro, José Maria Cumbre
  • Structural Engineering

    Paulo Cardoso
  • Hydraulics

    Pedro Romano
  • Electricity and Communications

    António Trindade
  • General Contractor

    J. Lima Gomes Lda.
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Text description provided by the architects. In the most remarkable place between Lisboa and Vila Franca de Xira, rises the promontory of Alhandra, hallowed by a Church and a cemetery. This place, a terrace over an increasingly larger Tejo river, dominates the surroundings. In front of the Church we can find a irregularally shaped square.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

The mortuary houses’ design seeks to redefine the square, reenforcing its meanings, providing it with intencional and ceremonial purpose.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

From the game of death we can recall the confined paths between the graves and the perennial and volumetric characteristics of it substance.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

The quarries, in its essence, allow us to imagine this building as an enormous furrowed stone block, shaped like it was extracted from the ground, showing it’s scars and wounds, breaks and folds used to organize the lighting, to define benches, or to let the light in the chambers.

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

We organize the space in each chamber, through a wooden continuous element that becomes the pavement, a longitudinal bench and the door. The gates are an exact copy of the cemetery gate, to insure security and to connect the two moments.

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Cite: "Mortuary Houses in Alhandra / Matos Gameiro Arquitectos" [Casas Mortuárias em Alhandra / Matos Gameiro Arquitectos] 30 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. (Trans. Saieh, Nico) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/462726/mortuary-houses-in-alhandra-matos-gameiro-arquitectos/> ISSN 0719-8884

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