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Inapal Metal / Menos é Mais Arquitectos

  • 00:00 - 31 October, 2008
Inapal Metal / Menos é Mais Arquitectos
Inapal Metal / 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 + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Quinta da Marquesa IV 678, 2950-805, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Francisco Vieira de Campos + Cristina Guedes
  • Collaborators

    Cristina Maximino, Vânia Maia, Nélson Cambão, Ana Matias, Luís Campos, Eduardo Leitão
  • Engineering

  • Landscape designer

    Manuel Pedro Melo
  • Constructor

  • Client

    Inapal Metal S.A.
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

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

Text description provided by the architects. The Inapal Metal industrial unit is dedicated to the production of metal components for the automobile industry and is composed of two apparently autonomous volumes. 

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

One volume consists of two wings and a huge cantilever that combine raw material storage and different sections of production and delivery; while the other consists of two floors where the technical and social areas of the program are arranged.

Site plan
Site plan

The architectural ‘parti’ as well as dealing with material homogenization and continuity, embraces as a strategy the structural modulation and constructive rationalization. 

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

The research is focused on the ‘skin’ of the building. One unique surface material – trapezoidal metal-cladding – furnishes and unifies all the project solutions.

The versatility of the material regarding different applications and orientations is explored: revetments sheets when a closed space is required; metal-sheet cut in slices and fixed like honey-comb when is essential to shade, illuminate or ventilate.

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

The metal-sheet also allows the construction of curvilinear shapes which appeal to an aerodynamical iconography of the automobile industry.


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Cite: "Inapal Metal / Menos é Mais Arquitectos" 31 Oct 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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