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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.

Monitoring and Investigation Centre and Accommodation for researchers in Açores, Portugal by aires mateus e associados

 
August 31st, 2016 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: aires mateus e associados 

The project intends to evoke the architectural landscape of the Azores, drawing upon the form and material that embed the collective memory of this island and archipelago, that have become, with time, a second nature of this place. Therefore, the buildings are archetypal volumes, simple and compact, clad with the local basaltic stone.

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: aires mateus e associados
  • Project: Monitoring and Investigation Centre and Accommodation for researchers
  • Location: Lagoa das Furnas, São Miguel, Açores, Portugal
  • Photography: SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra
  • Client: SPRAçores
  • Colaborator: Valentino Capelo De Sousa, Mariana Barbosa Mateus, Susana Rodrigues, Joana Simoões, Catarina Belo, Francisco Caseiro, Vânia Fernandes, João Caria Lopes
  • Project Leader: Patrícia Marques
  • Landscaping: João nunes – proap
  • Engineer: Afassociados
  • Constructor: Somague
  • Builting area: 1 130 sqm
  • Site area: 80 000 sqm
  • Date of project: 2005-2008
  • Date of construction: 2008-2010

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

The Furnas Monitoring and Investigation Centre

This building asserts itself as the largest of the group to build around the lagoon. Being the most exceptional building, the Furnas Monitoring and Investigation Centre draws on an intermediate space between exterior and interior – the courtyard. This element results from a subtraction to the volume, cutting it from within the central zone (the vertex of the four roof fields) to the exterior limit of a facade thus enabling access to the interior. This internal courtyard also becomes the point where the main internal compartments are revealed. These spaces, truncated by the subtraction that defines the courtyard maintain all relations between interior/exterior. The building was therefore conceived as a sculpture, as a block of raw matter that is intentionally cut into to capture light and the lagoon itself.

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Accommodation for researchers

The building for temporary accommodation is a compact volume of four fields compartmentalised into four units. The building is cut in each of the four facades by a wooden threshold that enables the penetration of light and access to each of the accommodation units. There is an established hierarchy of heights between the four spaces related to the solar orientation of each unit. The exterior wall of the building is structural where the necessary infrastructures and services run as oppose to the light interior timber walls.

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © SG +FG = Sergio Guerra + Fernando Guerra

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

Image Courtesy © aires mateus e associados

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