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Center for Advanced Postgraduate Training
The buildings complex where the Munipality of Guimarães now built the Center for Advanced Postgraduate Formation for the University of Minho, is located in the “Zona de Couros” (Leathers Zone), and relates to the rest area by a set of small alleys and paths that, following the existing small river, constitute the road structure in the area. The image of “Zona de Couros” is characterized by abandoned or transformed buildings but also memories, sometimes imaginary and subjective, that people developed from the fragments which have reached our days. From those fragments we can retain the treatment leathers tanks we can find a bit all over this area, the buildings and structures in wood and naturally the small river that was the reason for the installation of this activity (treatment of leathers) in this area. It mattered since the begining of the project process th… [read more]

Recent Work

House in Fonte BoaCoimbra / Portugal

Architects: João Mendes Ribeiro / 2015


Fonte de Angeão SchoolVagos / Portugal

Architects: Miguel Marcelino / 2015

The school setting allows a close relationship with nature, located in the countryside, the new primary school + kindergarten is surrounded by beautiful adult trees.
The proposal explores the relations between inside and outside through two systems that will define the spatial orga… [read more]

Hotel MonverdeLixa / Portugal

Architects: FCC Arquitectura + Paulo Lobo / 2015

“Amidst 30 hectares of active vineyards on northern Portugal’s Rota da Vinho – or Green Wine Route – the family-run Quinta da Lixa winery has expanded to include a new hotel for the ‘oenoe-curious’. Enlisting the skills of local architect Fernando Coelho, beyond the e… [read more]

Hospital Sousa MartinsGuarda / Portugal

Architects: Aripa Architects / 2013

The Sousa Martins Sanatorium which opened in 1907 was the first purpose-built hospital for the treatment of patients with pulmonary infections. The sanatorium’s strong humanist component (it had a games room, winter garden, library, dentist, barber and soon) and its location in a… [read more]