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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.

Igreja Velha Palace in Vermoim, Portugal by Visioarq Aquitectos

 
November 3rd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Visioarq Aquitectos

Built in 1881, in Vermoim – Vila Nova de Famalicão, the Igreja Velha Palace was for many decades the mansion of an important farm, baroque style with two castellated towers and an attached chapel, the neo-gothic style S. Francisco de Assis chapel.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

  • Architects: Visioarq Aquitectos, Vicente Gouveia, Nuno Poiarez, Pedro Afonso
  • Project: Igreja Velha Palace
  • Location: Vermoim, Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Arquitecture Collaborators: Margarida Pereira, Inês Stoffel, António Teixeira
  • Engineering Structures: A3R
  • Facilities: FLUI MEP
  • Area: 2234 sqm
  • Date: 2015

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

With the introduction of many additions and volumetries that deprived the complex of its features, this project came across many challenges regarding the constructive and functional aspects.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The intervention asserted the valorization of the set through the volumetric and spatial recovering, the reparation of the degraded constructive elements and the asymmetries created throughout its history. The expansion, with a new volume built to host events, complementary to the use of the palace, was also a listed objective for this project.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The preservation of this patrimony inserted in the local cultural landscape was possible due to a demanding recovery criteria that integrated the new volume. Therefore, this arises embraced by the confining elements of the old structure, respecting the alignments, promoting and reinforcing the pedestrian axis that runs through the center of the palace and ending at a corbel protruding volume that welcomes the visitors of Igreja Velha Palace.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The old/new counterpoint asserted itself through the mixture between local and more modern materials and original constructive processes, maintaining a chromatic and volumetric harmony of the landscape. The COR-TEN steel that covers much of the building, the granite, the wood and the concrete embody the concept inspired in the old local granaries.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The granary is a traditional rural structure, normally made of stone and wood, with the function of drying the corn through the side cracks and at the same time protecting ir from being destroyed by rodents through the ground elevation. In mainland Portugal, they can be found particularly in the North region and are subject to ethnographic and tourist interest.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The indoor/outdoor relationship is stated by large windows without compromising the energy efficiency of the building. It is in this context that the slatted wood was introduced – evoking the local granaries – as well as the asymmetric flap in two planes, which delimits the entrance of the event buildings in a transition between the interior and the exterior.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Finally, as to the landscaping the existing vegetation variety was capitalized by the delimitation of paths and squares in granite, in a contemplative attitude towards the surrounding landscape.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Image Courtesy © Visioarq Aquitectos

Image Courtesy © Visioarq Aquitectos

Image Courtesy © Visioarq Aquitectos

Image Courtesy © Visioarq Aquitectos

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