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São Francisco Convent

Cândido Chuva Gomes

Europa | Porto Alegre

Built in the 13th century, the convent of St. Francisco in Portalegre, Portugal, is probably the oldest of the city’s three convents. Altered and enlarged down the centuries, the complex ceased to be a religious building in the early 20th century. The Cândido Chuva Gomes Arquitectos practice recently signed off a restoration and extension programme returning the complex to use. The programme entailed remediation and renovation of the existing structure, and the building of new exhibition and multi-purposes spaces next to it. The project proceeded in stops and starts on account of the discovery, once work had started, of the original outer convent wall. This required the groundplan to be altered and the extensions relocated. It also meant demolishing a small shop and house next to the church on the site of the former boundary wall. The new construction has three storeys: a small...

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