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St. Antonio’s Church & St. Bartolomeu Social Center / JLCG Arquitectos

St. Antonio’s Church & St. Bartolomeu Social Center / JLCG Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG+ 17

Portalegre, Portugal

Buildings should be simple and warm.

Seen from the outside, the building appears as an elementary volume formed by its white surfaces. The main space is defined by the spatial continuity that takes us from the street and swifts us to the quartz stone, left naked.

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

First the entrance portico. Next the courtyard, with two ramps on both sides and the community centre sidewings. In the end, the church itself - unexpectedly transparent due to its glass walls

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

Another patio creates a stage setting for the church room, composed by the existing stone, air, zenithal lights, water and plants. An exterior space open to contemplation.

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

The church’s assembly room is almost a square plan. The altar is also a square table. These static and centered forms allow us to feel, although being presided, that this celebration is performed by a group of willing people.

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

The extreme simplicity of the space, the architectural form and all the objects design, create a sense of “freedom” where the main characters are the people and the events.

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Architecture must stage the minimum in the most intense way.

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Address:Portalegre, Portugal

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Cite: "St. Antonio’s Church & St. Bartolomeu Social Center / JLCG Arquitectos" 29 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/91978/st-antonio%25e2%2580%2599s-church-st-bartolomeu-social-center-jlcg-arquitectos> ISSN 0719-8884
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© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG

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