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'ESA' by Gonçalo Campos

The young Portuguese product designer Gonçalo Campos cretated this series of tables and racks composed of nothing more than fabrics and wood. Each piece can be easily assembled and the joints are simply fixed by a single floral bow which tautly bound stabilises the rather rough construction and forms its decorative part at the same time.

'ESA' by Gonçalo Campos

'ESA' by Gonçalo Campos

'ESA' by Gonçalo Campos

'ESA' by Gonçalo Campos

How to assemble 'ESA'

to the Gonçalo Campos website

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

The Technology College of Barreiro has been awarded the International Architecture Award for the Best New Global Design 2009 by the Chicago Athenaeum, Architect and Design Museum. It has also been shortlisted for ENOR 2009 and FAD 2009, the results of which will be announced in the next couple of months. Located on the outskirts of Lisbon the college was designed by ARX Portugal, the firm lead by brothers Nuno and José Mateus.

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

“The building site assigned for the School is located in the outskirts of the city of Barreiro. These are rural territories which were invaded by recent constructions intersecting green-gardens and reed plots. Residence houses are predominant and other functions were not predicted for this area and so this neighbourhood is now just a suburb with little urban life. The soil, however, is quite interesting: broad, softly inclined and well-related with its shape – unevenness of 13,12 feet in perimeter to north and south – having at one end a dense forest of cork and large pine trees.”

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

“There are some projects that cause a public reaction even before its existence, and there one can find a great deal of important matters to consider. This school is such an example. The inhabitants of this “neighbourhood” protested against its existence because they wanted a primary school instead – which was transferred elsewhere –, but also because they feared the impact a building of large proportions would have, both visually and ecologically. Fearing that the trees would be cut down, they counted and marked every single one.

We aimed at imprinting to the building a somewhat ambiguous character. On one hand it “dissipates” and accepts the prevalence of the natural elements, on the other hand it deals with their presence as an artificial element of abstract origin. This principle is highlighted by the constructive choices: big coal-grey block that, when sectioned, reveals a white interior.

The architecture becomes more topographic in one of the extremities of the building, where there is no way to tell where the surrounding starts or ends, and in the opposite side, with its more present limits, defined by the alignment of the tops of the different bodies of the building.”

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

Technology College of Barreiro by ARX Partugal Arquitectos, photo by FG + SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

Construction: 2005 – 07

Architecture: ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda., José Mateus, Nuno Mateus

Project Team: Paulo Rocha, Stefano Riva, Andreia Tomé, Clara Martins, Marco Roque Antunes, Nuno Grancho, Pedro Alves, Pedro Dourado, Pedro Sousa, Tânia Pedro, Francisco Marques, Sónia Luz

Landscape Architecture: GLOBAL, Arquitectura Paisagista Lda.

Structural Engineering: TAL PROJECTO, Projectos, Estudos e Projectos de Engenharia Lda.

Electrical and Telecomunications Planning, Security Planning, Mechanical Planning: AT, Serviços de Engenharia Electrontécnica e Electrónica Lda.

Sanitary Planning: AQUADOMUS, Consultores Lda.

Contractor: Obrecol

Gross Construction Surface: 10 500 m2

to the ARX Portugal Arquitectos website

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'Matosinhos Housing' by A2G Arquitectura

'Matosinhos Housing' by A2G Arquitectura

The entire surroundings were, for decades, an industrial area dedicated to sardine and tuna canning. In these old and sometimes derelict sardine factories, lies a significant part of the Matosinhos collective memories. From a solid and representative industrial unit rises the outer limit of the building itself.

Matosinhos Housing by A2G Arquitectura

Matosinhos Housing by A2G Arquitectura

The material used in its construction, concrete and zinc corrugated sheets on facades, will throw us directly to the memory of its predecessor. For years the work of Eduardo Chillida has been amazing me for its simplicity. Showing sceneries by simple abstraction of solids. From an undivided and opaque bloc he works solids out that allow possible visual architectural views. A subtlety of action will define the same creation and definition of typologies, by subtracting matter to the original bloc. By clipping out and moving backwards the glass panes for the windows thus making visible the sub division of the apartments themselves, rhythm and individuality is created. Rooms, lounges, kitchens are visible.

Matosinhos Housing by A2G Arquitectura

Matosinhos Housing by A2G Arquitectura

In growing, the building requires human indicator factors. Presence. The slabs mark horizontal divisions for the floor levels. All windows return light back to the inside of the original block. From the outside, we become aware of some typologies for the apartments. Some don’t require privacy, some blatantly do, and again a rhythm of elements is imposed on the façade to hide dwellers.

continue article @ ArchDaily

'FFAT' by Arquitectos Anonimos

'FFAT' by Arquitectos Anonimos

The Portoguese Arcquitectos Anonimos (anonym architects) – they primarly chose this name as an over reaction against exaggerated authorship weight in Portoguese contemporary architecture – created this private villa in Vila Nova Gaia, Portugal. Remarkable is the contrast between the quiet shielded black façade and the bright and open interior of the building.

'FFAT' by Arquitectos Anonimos

'FFAT' by Arquitectos Anonimos

Here is what the architects say:

Two criterea lead to the final solution: 1st, geometric: using the urban plan rules to stablish the perimeter and roof level; 2nd, manipulate the interior space in relation with the neighbour buildings and the terrace that allows a view of the sea. Our goal was maximize the exterior space, building a compact volume in 3 floor plans. The interior organization is generated around a central comunication corridor, to liberate space to the compartments. The dark phenolic plywood of the facade served as a ‘spacesuite’ that protects against the ‘radiation’ of reality, its context and its territory.

'FFAT' by Arquitectos Anonimos, Photo by Abel Andrade

'FFAT' by Arquitectos Anonimos, Photo by Abel Andrade

The white inside

The white inside

to the Arquitectos Anonimos website

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