Companhia das Culturas

DMF Ressano Garcia Cia Culturas 2 Modelo 3658
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The building makes use of low-tech construction systems with local materials, with tech and contemporary materials spread worldwide. Global and local, tradition and innovation found a good balance in this project.

To achieve a reduction of CO2 emissions, local knowledge and high-tech solutions succeed in lowering environmental impact and energy efficiency through a symbiotic relationship between the architecture and the surrounding ecosystem. Whitewashed walls, exposed beams, recycled materials, cross ventilation, water treatment system, use of solar energy, and local solutions are combined in a consistently committed to sustainable design.

Cutting-edge technologies that provide accurate information regarding thermal and lighting comfort influence the use of materials and design strategies in search of optimal behavior. Shading, thermal, and lighting are among the topics that reduce energy consumption.


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“The contemporary demand for reducing carbon emission is changing the way architects design buildings, thus influencing a wide range of new solutions.”

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“Low tech or high tech, local or global, green or comfortable are some of the main aspects supporting the choice for materials in building design”

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“The white facade is characterized by flexible sunshades. Its appearence changes depending on the position of shutters (…) Surprising walls, charming views, old details and vintage furniture form the frame for a sustainable recreation”

Urlaubs Architektur
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“The intervention integrates features of traditional architecture and intervention characteristics from last century, with contemporary design (…) Construction methods that are driven by principles of sustainability and water supply with recycling capacity are also included in the project.”

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Over the River

DMF Ressano Garcia Campo das Cebolas Modelo 0162
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The intervention redesigned the antithesis of what previously existed: the project is mainly focused on creating liveable spaces, characterized by natural light to enhance the comfort of inhabiting new spaces.The new living areas are organized by a complex double height system that reveals part of the ancient wood structure. Here, you can feel the solid structure of wood beams that stabilizes the roof.

The aim  was to challenge a contemporary perception that is simultaneously minimal and values local solutions. The sense of place is cheered by specific building solutions that reveal local knowledge and is being tested successfully, on site for centuries.



Voice of the Sea

With architect Pancho Guedes

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Chamber of sound, activated by the tide to listen to the waves of the sea. The circular labyrinth was imagined by the world-famous architect, Pancho Guedes, in what became his last work.

It was initially planned as a temporary intervention in 2010 within the Allgarve contemporary art program. Pedro Ressano Garcia the commissioner at the time was hired in 2015 to upgrade the whole intervention from temporary to permanent.

“The construction of this chamber of sound to listen to the sea reminds us that listening depends on learning to listen in itself, because misunderstandings, overlays, fictions, seem to be increased. Listening demands practice and training.” José Tolentino Mendonça


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“The “D” point (of discovery) in Sagres is now called “Voice of the Sea”. The sound, capable of making the gods dream, comes from inside a cave over 50 meters deep. On the surface, a work by the architect Pancho Guedes, in the shape of an ear, is the new landmark in the landscape.”



“The local flora is not interfered by the solution and the site is not invaded by building materials according to the Parque Natural de Sagres e S.
Vicente requirements. (…)”

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“The labyrinth described by José Luis Borges is the topic for the revelation of a powerful experience that challenges our perception of time and space.”



“As Pancho Guedes explains, the labyrinth is like life, we can be lost for a while, but we always get there in the end.”



Boavista Eco-Resort

DMF Ressano Garcia Herdade Boavista Modelo 9796
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The concept seeks to “make the place visible”, inviting the demanding, curious and educated user to “live” every corner of the territory, allowing him to discover the unknown, enjoy the seasons, get to know the local culture and nature that can be discovered and appreciated in its genuine aspects; In a period dominated by fast food and mass tourism, the aim is to implement a counter-culture, that is, a culture of the slow as opposed to the fast and the valorization of the individual and his privacy in opposition to the masses.

The values ​​of this Slow Tourism travel through carefully designed places, providing a deep contact with the timeless character of the landscape where there is still a balance between the presence of man and nature.

DMF Ressano Garcia Herdade Boavista Modelo 3687

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“O aldeamento turístico assenta num projeto de responsabilidade ambiental. Pretende-se desenvolver uma estratégia assente nas energias renováveis e na sua sustentabilidade de recursos hídricos e solares. A utilização das tecnologias, mais avançadas fazem a fusão com as soluções implementadas no lugar de caracter vernacular (…)”


“O concelho de Alcácer do Sal, no Alentejo, verá nascer o projeto da Herdade da Boavista e Sampaio, um conjunto urbano e sustentável numa área contígua à unidade de turismo rural Casas do Sal. Trata-se de um aldeamento turístico eco-friendly, com a assinatura do arquiteto Pedro Ressano Garcia, desenhado para usufruir ao máximo da natureza e conviver em paz com o ambiente.”

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“The project develops a hypothesis based upon the creation of urban centres
designed according to previous existing examples. The central argument is that
energy efficiency and sustainability have been tested for centuries in traditional
dwellings still existing in the region.
Based on these premises the urban layout and architectural typologies merge
new technologies and secular knowledge.”

Sustainable Architecture & Urban Development


“Na minha opinião, haverá mais oportunidades no futuro para quem pense e tire partido das suas ideias, nas suas emoções, e respeite a sua intuição. Para o aprendiz de arquitecto, onde me incluo, o importante é aumentar a inteligência. As viagens, as leituras, o conhecimento de outros autores permanece uma enorme fonte de inspiração.”

Wall Street International