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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

Text description provided by the architects. 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

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Cite: "Casa das Caldeiras / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos" 07 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/62876/casa-das-caldeiras-joao-mendes-ribeiro-e-cristina-guedes/> ISSN 0719-8884
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