E/C House by SAMI Arquitectos, concrete walls within dark basalt stone ruins

The new house is a two-storey concrete structure that hides within chunky walls of dark basalt stone. Terraces and decks are dotted around the perimeter, some behind the ageing outer structure and some extending beyond it.

 

© Paulo Catrica

© Paulo Catrica

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit SAMI Arquitectos’ E/C House, situated in Pico, an island in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. Pico belongs to a group of volcanic islands far west of Portugal.

 

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“Casa no tempo”, a comfortable shelter in the Alentejo by Manuel Aires Mateus

This renovated farmhouse with simple white walls and richly textured surfaces is located in a large estate in which the surrounding landscape is the leading character.

 

Continuing a series of reviews on recently announced Mies van der Rohe nominees, today we will visit Aires Mateus’ Casa no Tempo, situated in the Alentejo region, barely one hour from Lisbon.

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

Casa no Tempo. Manuel Aires Mateus Ⓒ Nelson Garrido

 

A former farmhouse, located in a vast estate with fields and lakes, the house belongs to João and Andreia Rodrigues, who decided to renovate the old building into a minimalistic four-bedroom home after their grandfather’s will to look after the family’s grounds.

The project aims to give the house a higher meaning, trying to connect the family’s generations through the inhabitation of the beautiful surrounding landscape.

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“Arquipélago”: new Centre for the Contemporary Arts in Ribeira Grande, Portugal

Portuguese office Menos é Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro have transformed a formed tobacco factory in Azores into a building complex for the dissemination of local contemporary arts.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

Arquipélago. Menos é Mais Arquitetos Ⓒ Jose Campos Architectural Photographer.

 

An archipelago is said to be “a large group or chain of islands” or “a large body of water with many islands“. The Azores Islands, for example, form an archipelago. On the island of San Miguel lies Ribeira Grande, a small town where last spring, portuguese architects João Mendes Ribeiro and Menos é Mais Arquitectos (Cristina Guedes and Francisco Vieira de Campos) started works for a new center for the contemporary arts.

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Data Center PT by Carrilho da Graça, nominee for Mies van der Rohe 2015

The building is a large cube-like structure in a natural context, hosting a data processing center and offices.

 

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Data Center PT ( Ⓒ Portugal Telecom. All rights reserved.)

 

The European Comission and the Mies van der Rohe Foundation have announced the projects nominated in each country for the 2015 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award, with over 420 nominees from the 27 different countries participating in the European Union’s Cultural Programme. It is expected that the 80.000€ prize winner finalist shortlist will be announced briefly.

One of the Portuguese nominees has been Carrilho da Graça’s Data Center for Portugal Telecom, situated in Covilhã. The building is a large cube-like structure in a natural context, hosting a data processing center and offices.

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