Inhabiting the ruins

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The project has received different designations; rehabilitation, alteration, expansion, transformation and regeneration. What we value most is the celebration of the place. The first phase was inaugurated in 2007 and the second in 2014. From the first moment, the project aimed to enhance expressions of local culture and use cutting-edge technology to achieve a high level of low energy consumption.

Before intervening, it was necessary to know the place. Realize what materials were used in each period of time. It is common for rural buildings to have been occupied for many generations. Therefore, they often contain an accurate knowledge of geography, local weather conditions. Bad solutions, which must also have existed, have in the meantime been improved or replaced so that buildings or ruins contain in-depth knowledge tested over generations.


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THE TELEGRAPH

“Set amongst fields of olive trees and wild flowers in the unspoilt eastern Algarve, Companhia das Culturas offers five bedrooms and four apartments housed in a variety of old farm buildings that have been in co-owner Francisco’s family for seven generations. A hammam and yoga studio complete the picture.”

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WALLPAPER

“Imbued with a North African flavour, Companhia das Culturas is a farmhouse in the village of São Bartolomeu, Algarve, restored by Lisbon-based architect Pedro Ressano Garcia. The retreat hosts food and art events, and boasts organic patio gardens with views over rolling olive groves and salt marshes.”

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CUBO

“Partindo da recuperação e refuncionalização de antigos edifícios agrículas mas preservando-lhes a identidade, aqui se criou uma espécie de anti-resort, que se articula com a aldeia em que está integrado: S. Bartolomeu. Valoriza a sombra e o silêncio.”

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archtizer

“The three R’s policies, reuse, reduce and recycle were integrated at several levels of design. It was intended to reuse the existing walls. They were partially ruined and presented irregular textures, but the concept of reuse was taken integrally and the walls are presented without changes.”

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Architecture welcomes the mind and the body. The mind is able to interpret architecture using other tools. The central question is how does it work? Do the senses influence the architect or are the senses amplified by architecture? There is probably no single answer, in Hammam we try to inform the mind about the senses of the body.

Egg-shaped and illuminated by zenith light, the warm room offers a comfortable and introspective atmosphere. The play of light throughout the day transforms the hammam baths installed in the building and celebrates body care.

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archdaily

“O projecto de um novo hammam nesta região em particular e neste período específico do século XXI é uma afirmação a dois níveis; histórico e geográfico.”

Archdaily
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AD

“Y establece una nueva relación con una práctica perdida hace mucho tiempo, que celebra las costumbres antiguas en un espacio contemporáneo.”

Arquitetura & Diseno
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visao

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

Visão
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archELLO

“The new building establishes a relation to a long-lost practice. It opens a new perception where local culture is seen not just within its present context but also related to ancient traditions.”

Archello
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The building makes use of low tech construction systems with local materials, with tech and contemporary materials spread world wide. Global and local, tradition and innovation found a good balance in this project.

To achieve reduction of CO2 emissions, local knowledge and high tech solutions succeed in lowering environmental impact and energy efficiency by a symbiotic relationship between the architecture and the surrounding ecosystem. Whitewhased walls, exposed beams, recycled materials, cross ventilation, water treatment system, use of solar energy and local solutions are combined in a consistently committed 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, lighting are among the topics that reduce the 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.”

Forbes
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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”

Materiart
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holidays

“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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DIVISARE

“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.”

Divisare
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