LocationSantos-o-Velho, 2715-311, Portugal
Architect In ChargePaulo Tormenta Pinto
Text description provided by the architects. The rehabilitation of the mortuary chapel of Santos-o-Velho is based on a subtle integration in the existent building of the Santos Mártires Church.
A succession of spaces are constructed to correlate the entrance of the building with the mortuary chapels. Some elements, such as the heavy steel and glass door and narrow light openings prepare the transition into the sacred space.
The light appears as the main material in the project. It's the light, that passes through the spaces and embodies all the intentions. The elements that make up the architectural spatiality acquire the luminary filter function, allowing the introduction of a quiet contemplative atmosphere.
The lightness of the space is also expressed through a hanging bench which characterizes the long corridor that serves the chapels. This mediation space receives and distributes all natural light that enters in the building. The windows are located near the ceiling, dividing the large wall. These openings capture the special moments of the Santos- o-Velho Church steeple.