Location 7570 Grândola, Portugal
Authors Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus
Area 670.0 m2
Project Year 2016
Photographs Nelson Garrido
Client Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Grândola
Coordination Jorge P Silva
Collaborators Marco Campolongo, Matteo Foresti, Előd Golicza
Specialism Axial / Três Cês Construction Manuel Mateus Frazão
The context in its distances, alignments, proportions, define the mass. The program determines the project. A meeting centre for large gatherings or small groups. The ceiling, in its variations and geometry answers the program. A complete horizontal clearness outlines the space as a whole, which as atmosphere opposes to the weight of the vertical voids. The support functions deepen the external and peripheral wall. The final image is determined by the interaction of internal space and occupied façade.
Grândola Meeting Centre is located on a block of several historic buildings in Grândola, Portugal. The gorgeous structure was designed by Portuguese acclaimed minimalist architecture firm Aires Mateus. The new building stands out among the city’s traditional architecture with a boxy form and smooth white façade. Although undoubtedly modern in design, Aires Mateus’ structure respects the surrounding buildings in mass and height. The design therefore opens a dialogue between the new and old buildings on the street, rather than overshadowing them.
Prisms, reminiscent of children’s blocks, are cut into the white façade, serving as indents for the door and window placements. At night these prisms glow brilliantly, creating a collection of illuminated shapes on the façade like a terrestrial broadcast to the sky. The building’s attention to geometry is heightened throughout the interior: the ceiling is covered in an expansive stretch of varying angular forms. Other than the ceiling, the interior program is quite simple: large meeting rooms allow the user to define the space based on their needs.