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The refurbishment project of the Foundation’s facilities foresees the opening of a patio with vegetation inside the industrial building.

The street facade is covered by octogen vegetation by rainwater and gray water collected in the building. The green roof accommodates small gardens providing a relationship with blind users welcomed by the Foundation.

The combination of the three street / roof / facade strategies integrates the parameters of the European Green Deal regulations to reduce the urban heat island effect, decrease the footprint and CO2 emissions through water reuse, while maintaining thermal comfort within the building through passive systems.




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The project proposes a rural tourism venture with 22 beds, organized around four elements: the existing building, a central courtyard, T2 lodging units, and a multipurpose room with a T3 lodging unit. The lodging units were designed in dialogue with the terrain’s morphology and existing constructions, creating a new image in the territory. The courtyards allow for a new outdoor experience. The multipurpose room is a flexible space that can be used for events. The complex can be used as a whole or as individual lodging units for greater privacy.

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Eco Micro Living

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The Cluster Habitat project is a micro-residential and urban intervention project located in Matosinhos, taking advantage of a strip of land with an East-West orientation on the cliff above the port of Matosinhos and the Cepsa facilities, which constitutes a pre-existence environment with industrial use at a lower level. The implementation of the Cluster Habitat explores the difference in levels to free the points of view of the implementation of the project.

This reuse decision also clearly announces the focus on the project’s sustainability. The reused containers will support the self-generation of solar and wind energy (in their roofs), the capture of rainwater, and the reuse of gray water for irrigation and (after treatment) for re-consumption. The urban project proposes a wide green area, with several objectives: to reduce the effect of the urban heat island in the intervention area and in the surrounding environment; the support of urban ecosystems; and the return of a qualified public space to the community.

The irregular design of the implantation area, the pre-existing equipment, and the topography determine discontinuous implantation, which the project values ​​by creating three clusters (cores) with different morphologies: Ring, River, Mesh, connected by a continuous green space that embraces the clusters and that constitutes a public space of slow mobility (walking and cycling), with connection to the future station of Porto Metropolitano.


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 and 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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“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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“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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“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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“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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Passeio Alegre

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The architectural and urban design project for Rua do Passeio Alegre and Rua das Motas described an alteration to the project by the Architect Nunes da Ponte.

The five duplex units with a garden claim a dialogue with the scale and dominant typologies of Foz Velha. The connection between all buildings is made through the parking lot. The duplex on the roof over Passeio Alegre projects the extension of the external area in the interior facing south with a view over the interior area of the Douro River.

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Companhia das Culturas

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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”

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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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“This micro-museum by Pedro Ressano Garcia, wisely called “eremitério”, suggests to us an alternative grammar of conception and dwelling. It deliberately drives us close to the constant features of a monastic experience. And we realise that “seeing better” leads us to the act of seeing one polysemy, one rituality and one ethic.

Therefore, we somehow only start seeing when we start noticing. And the same applies to contemplation. Contemplation begins when we accept that we do not know how to see, that our vision is limited and poor.”

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The entire house settles on the ground floor and is made of various bodies that are functionally divided into three distinct areas; service, social and private areas. Each body is oriented in a way to take advantage of the best sun exposure South/West throughout the year.

The new volumes gently adjust to the site and therefore design a complex geometry. Each of the three bodies has an enclosed courtyard and a confined exterior space facing good solar exposure. “Patios” are imagined with environments for particular uses around the year and are shaped by the specificity of particular functions, such as dining, playroom, spa, the garden of the senses, etc.

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Dunas House

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The beach house sets off from the reuse of a fisherman’s hut located on the dunes.

The intervention transformed the cabin, from a space for storing fishing equipment, into a refuge to contemplate the ocean, gaze at the maritime desert and turn one’s back on urban movement.

For the rehabilitation, we used biodegradable materials and natural thermal insulation from the region, respecting the character of the existing huts on the site. The furniture is designed for the space and extends along the wall, transforming into a table.

On the outside, the project crosses over with Sigurd Lewerentz’s project Boat House for the Canoes, and on the inside, the spatial organization of the small space is inspired by Le Corbusier’s cabin.

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Pré-Pombalino Attic

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Our proposal seeks that the interior spaces enjoy well-being and comfort to be experienced throughout the year.

In the project we try to explore the natural light that invades the space, varying throughout the day. We orient the light in order to project it in the boxes suspended from the ceiling through the entrance of zenith light. The project foresees the installation of several VELUX windows, including two that simulate a terrace opening to the south.

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Architecture welcomes the mind and the body. The mind can 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 game of light throughout the day transforms the hammam baths installed in the building and celebrates body care.


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“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.”

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

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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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“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.”

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Tagus Platform

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It proposes a sustained reconfiguration of the port territory through the construction of a platform that reconnects the city and the river.

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More than a new project between Alcântara and Santos, Tagus Platform is a concept. Innovative, it proposes an urban morphology that can be applied to any port city that wants to resume the connection with the river and / or sea.

It surpasses, at low cost, the existing circulation barriers – road or railway – without affecting them, and creates a contemporary public space with different possibilities of use – stage of major events or a hanging garden in the middle of the industrial area. It is not a question of urbanizing the port lands, but of enhancing the opportunities in that area, improving urban conditions, and eliminating the deficiencies of the old city and its equipment.
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Tagus Platform proposes a sustained reconfiguration of this territory through the construction of a landfill, adding to the city and which, among many other features, allows access to the largest Portuguese museum (Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga), simultaneously creating a prime reception area to the Rocha de Conde de Óbidos Tourism Cruise Terminal.

The Tagus Platform project will be an emblematic public work that allows Lisbon to be projected on the international stage.


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“(…) innovative, because it proposes an urban morphology that can be applied to any port city that wants to resume the connection with the river or the sea. (…) with this new topography, the three-dimensional character of the city is valued (…) “

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“The regeneration of the riverfront implies a theory of needs, by providing new public spaces for this fraction of the city by crossing existing circulation barriers between the city and the port, as an organized continuation of the city against the river”

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“The evidence presented confirms that public spaces in port areas have a particular cultural significance. By creating a new urban image in the riverside area, which are extremely valuable for cities to be able to redefine the quality of urban life, as well as maritime activities. and leisure. “

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“This is the dream of the architect Pedro Ressano Garcia – a kind of hanging garden between the area of the Museum of Ancient Art and the river, through a platform that would pass over the 24 de Julho avenue and the train line, overcoming the obstacles that today they separate us from the Tagus. “

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Campo das Cebolas

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A space of transition between different realities of the city is proposed – the East to Praça do Comércio and to the North the hill of the Castle.

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The proposal enriches the reflection and debate on the future of the riverfront itself, especially in the sections in which its regeneration has been postponed.
The urban design solution and the materials that guarantee a desirable continuity of the place, still allow the definition of different environments adjusted to the nature of the different spaces.

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Campo das Cebolas is the most significant moment in the plan. Cuts and interruptions resulting from new threading and paths are integrated. This space becomes a place of passage and at the same time of permanence.

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Over the River

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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.



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For the competition for the new Lisbon Cruise Terminal, a project was designed to show the genetic code of the riverside city.

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Three fundamental values are valued: AL hamma, the port embankment, and urban morphology.
Lisbon has an unrepeatable opportunity here and environmental recovery provides an innovative solution.

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The project privileges the interaction between the territory and social groups, drawing the physical space from the social space. The different levels define places that invite you to stay and are organized around the water.
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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.
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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

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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.

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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.”

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“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.”

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The Watching House

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The watching house is a single-family house located in the surroundings of Lisbon – Portugal.

Its proposal is all about inside/outside connections and the play between intimacy and public spaces, using as a privileged ingredient, openings, and natural light.

Established in the center of the village, the house is as a consequence, surrounded by the neighborhood, and submitted to a high and warm solar light exposition.

Multiple stripe lines on the elevations ensure a powerful and expressive character. The little and secretive windows in the facade, offer a diffuse and constant natural light throughout the whole year. The light inside creates a mystic environment while the intimacy of the interior spaces is protected from the outside world.

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“The Watching house holds a multiple stripe lines on the elevations that ensure a powerful and expressive character. This is enriched with the combination of two contrasting materials, the white clean facade and the warm rough texture, made with local stones.”

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“The aim was to ensure a peaceful atmosphere. The prominent wall follows a path that merges the interior of the house with the exterior. The little and secretive windows in the facade, offer a diffuse and constant natural light throughout the whole year.”

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Serralves House

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The house is located in a long and narrow plot. There was an existing house that was six meters large and twenty long, the new building had to use the same footprint and expanded to three floors. The south elevation faces the street and the north elevation at the back of the house opens up to the garden.

The living and dining rooms overlook the garden through a large window, so the house can be flooded with natural light all day long. The double-height window faces north with a generous opening.

The variation of the sunlight throughout the year is presented by the constant enlightenment that brings a mystic atmosphere gently entering the domestic space.

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“O projeto começou antes da casa e continua depois da construção do edifício, talvez porque, a minha procura em arquitetura siga dos projetos anteriores para os seguintes.”

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“Invention is identified here, as one moment, happening at one shot when an idea or a concept appears”

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