per spans creates a comfortable environment with very short thermal variations ensuring the appropriate conditions for its use.
In the northern building we explored a more direct relation with the station building, which is reflected immediately in the metallic access walkway - which crosses a small existing garden, and a more contemporary approach in the treatment of the pre-existence (meanwhile rebuilt after a fire in 2009).
In the interior we developed the spaces in view of the installation of a long-term exhibition on the ground floor. On the upper floor we organized the spaces for the educational service and the remaining workspaces on a mezzanine.
Constructively the strategy seeks to take advantage of the durability of zinc and a ventilated façade in conjunction with the thermal inertia of the existing construction mass. In this way the zinc facade unifies different situations of natural ventilation, namely in the recesses of the spans of the south and north elevations guaranteeing the constant natural ventilation that takes advantage of the prevailing winds.
In summary, we tried to unify the two construction times with the continuous skin in corrugated zinc on one side and the wood slatted on the other, reinterpreting constructive systems and textures.
ClientADRVT – Associação para o Desenvolvimento Regional do Vale do Tua
Gross Floor Area (mq)930
ArchitectsRosmaninho+Azevedo - Arquitectos
Design teamPedro Azevedo + Susana Rosmaninho
ConsultantsFernando Costa, Miguel Amorim, Pedro Gonçalves, Miguel Palmeiro, Gabriella Casella, Catarina Providência
SuppliersVmzinc, Investwood, Schréder, Cin, Gyptec, Erco, Efapel
Photo CreditsLuis Ferreira Alves
Curriculum studio / partecipanteOffice founded in Porto by Susana Rosmaninho and Pedro Azevedo.
We foster architecture practice with complementary multidisciplinary enrichments, such as museology. The various projects and works have in common being anchored to clear formal concepts that correspond to building strategies that are easily perceived, of which we highlight the work for the Tua Valley Interpretive Centre and the Project for the Requalification and Musealization of Aristides de Sousa Mendes House.
In addition to the distinctions in public competitions, our work has been published nationally and internationally. In 2018, Tua Valley Interpretive Centre was awarded the Jury’s Special Award at the Archizinc Trophy, was nominated for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award 2019 and is also a finalist for the Bauwelt Award 2019: First Works.
For the set of works and projects, our office was also a finalist of the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards (AREA) 2018.
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