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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Complexo Cultural da Levada de Tomar in Portugal by Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos

 
March 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos

COMPLEXO CULTURAL DA LEVADA DE TOMAR – REHABILITATION

The previous museological studies are the anchor of the proposition, intended not to destroy the image and ambience of the whole complex. The intervention area, which sets between the old city tissue and the river Nabão, consists of the rehabilitation of former industries, transforming them in a museum complex.

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  • Architect: Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos
  • Name of Project: Complexo Cultural da Levada de Tomar
  • Location: Tomar, Portugal
  • Client: Tomar Polis – Câmara Municipal de Tomar
  • Time Line: 2004 – (under construction)
  • Building Contractor: José Coutinho, S.A.
  • Photography: CCG Arquitectos, Lda.
  • Software used: AutoCAD

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  • Management and Coordination of the Studies: Cândido Chuva Gomes, Arquitectos Lda.
  • Project Team: Ana Florêncio, Ana Cotrim, Bruno Ribeiro, Cristina Martinho, Vanda Vitorino
  • Construction Management: Sandra Amorim, arqª
  • Stability Project: Rodest – Fernando de Sousa e Brito, engº.
  • Water Supply Network: Rodest – Fernando de Sousa e Brito, engº.
  • Sewage Network: Rodest – Fernando de Sousa e Brito, engº.
  • Rainwater Drainage System: Rodest – Fernando de Sousa e Brito, engº.
  • Electrical Equipment and Installation Project: Proconsultores – Hélder Reis, engº.
  • Telecommunications Equipment: Proconsultores – Hélder Reis, engº.
  • Fire Safety and Prevention System: Proconsultores – Joaquim Almeida, engº
  • Mechanical Equipment: Proconsultores – Hélder Reis, engº
  • Lighting Design: Still to Come – Rogério Oliveira, arqº and Eduardo Gonçalves, designer
  • HVAC: Miguel Santos, engº

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

The Industrial Set is made of three different cores, architecturally coherent and homogenous, namely the Olive Presses, the Power Plants, and the Mills. And, unifying them all, the dynamic liquid plan – the “Levada” (or Led).

Besides de preservation and musealization of the different cores, a multi-purpose room and an Interpretation Centre had to be added. Besides those, the museum should also include an exhibition gallery, a cafeteria, and an ensemble of public spaces, adequate to the normal and effective use of the spaces.

Separate accesses and paths are foreseen for each space, beginning from the central building of the complex. Its positioning on the Set allows a functional distribution of the internal services, and an independent use of the exhibition, administration and multi-purpose areas.

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The possibility to access the museum through a footbridge over the Nabão, from a parking lot on the opposite bank, provides a new approach to the industrial complex.

From the architectural intervention standpoint, it is essential to maintain the existing reality, producing a requalifying action, enhancing the built heritage through an “invisible” intervention. The full recovery of the several buildings, introducing only a new central volume, is the anchor of the proposal.

On the façade over the Led, the entrance on the complex was intended as a simple and subtle “sign”, by receding the marginal surface and introducing a dissimulated access ramp. That surface is, however, left mainly opaque, blending with the remaining buildings.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

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Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

Images Courtesy CCG Arquitectos, Lda.

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Categories: Autocad, Cultural Center, Museum

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