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  7. Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability / Cláudio Vilarinho

Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability / Cláudio Vilarinho

  • 02:00 - 3 November, 2016
Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability / Cláudio Vilarinho
Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability / Cláudio Vilarinho, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 48

  • Collaborators

    Carine Pimenta, Catarina Campos, João Pereira de Sousa, Pedro Resende
  • Render

    Gil Soares
  • Engineering

    Isabel Teles (structure), João Cunha (waters), António Pelaez (termic/energy), Susana Sousa (acoustic), Fernando Ferreira (electricity), Carlos Mirra (security plan)
  • Specifications, measurements and budgets

    DIMSCALE
  • Client

    Minho University
  • More Specs Less Specs
© João Morgado
© João Morgado

Text description provided by the architects. We propose a building with a unique image for the campus. A building that breaks the existing gray monotony – referring not only about the pictorial issue of the Campus, but also about the “global crisis without end” – and that, at the same time, is able to captivate.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado

The search for future technology themes, was the genesis of the selected image for the building. The facade skin, happened through an architectural reinterpretation, it retracts the symbolic power of the ERI purpose.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado

We used as reference the titanium nanotubes. Associated with recent discoveries, the titanium nanotubes have, among others, capacities for reuse and cheap production, becoming, this way, an inspiration for an architecture that seeks sustainability as an ideal.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado

Nowadays, at the offices of UM (Minho University), researching processes are occurring in what concerns to materials development, one possible example is what’s happening in the civil engineering laboratory.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado
Ground Floor
Ground Floor
© João Morgado
© João Morgado
2nd Floor
2nd Floor
© João Morgado
© João Morgado

In order to develop common synergies, we propose the skin of the building in prefabricated elements of a cementitious matrix material.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado
© João Morgado
© João Morgado

This material reinforced with micro-fibers, has no conventional reinforcement, which could cause corrosion problems, among other features, is a very ductile material, plastic, fluid, self-compatible and allows to control the crack and therefore doesn’t crack. This skin allows the inclusion of pigmentation/oxides doesn’t need constant maintenance and lasts longer than common materials. To finish, it also allows a wide range of the architectural freedom.

© João Morgado
© João Morgado

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability / Cláudio Vilarinho" 03 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/798576/institute-of-science-and-innovation-for-bio-sustainability-claudio-vilarinho/> ISSN 0719-8884
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