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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.

Redondo Building in Coimbra, Portugal by João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

 
June 22nd, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

The “Redondo” is the last of a row of four buildings built at the beginning of the 20th century in the center of Coimbra. Its cylindrical shape responds to the oblique cross between two streets, and gives the building a certain singularity and its name. The original organization in two independent houses: an apartment on the ground floor and a house with two floors and garret on the upper level, was maintained.

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

The original layouts were very fragmented: several small rooms around a large hall. Their high ceilings conferred the inside space a characteristic sense of verticality.

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

The intervention is based in 3+1 operations:

1. Through a series of precise cuts on the walls connecting the vertical ones, the horizontal space is introduced, whereas the original room proportions are kept readable on the ceilings. The resulting space is the sequence of the original ones, with its rhythms of windows, doors, details, lights and shadows.

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

2. All the infrastructures are integrated and hidden to maintain the original character of space. The result gives the feeling that nothing was done.

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

3. All the practical functions are solved with a series of free standing pieces: furniture. The reduced materiality of all these objects (built on oak and sucupira wood) give the whole a certain unity and balance.

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

+1. On the original garret, the elimination of a whole roof plane creates an uncovered patio. An ambiguous space between inside and outside, open and private, with a beautiful view of the city.

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

Image Courtesy © João Branco e Paula del Rio, Arquitectos

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