SUBTILITAS

SUBTĪLITĀS (latin; noun f., 3rd):
fineness of texture, logic, detail; slenderness, exactness, acuteness; sharpness : precision




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COMOCO - Pombal castle renovation, Pombal 2014. Photos (C) Fernando Guerra



October 13, 2014, 8:43pm  Permalink | Comments

João Mendes Ribeiro - Barn renovation, Cortegaça 2004 (prev). Photos (C) Fernando Guerra.



October 13, 2014, 8:26pm  Permalink | Comments

torre de palma

A phenomenal renovation, expansion, and reappropriation of an agricultural property to a new vineyard, hotel, and offices by João Mendes Ribeiro. The project is another in a long lineage of exemplary renovations by the architect, displaying his mastery of detail, material, texture, and spatial planning within the sensitive and restrictive confines of historical sites. 

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Located in the vast Alentejo plains of Portugal, the project included a thorough survey of the existing historic buildings, determining which were damaged beyond repair/of no architectural significance to be demolished, those that were to be kept and renovated, and where to add additional new constructions. The resulting composition is an interesting juxtaposition of ornate, colorful historic structures, coupled with abstract, simplified, almost detail-less monolithic buildings that mimic the scale and typology of the existing stables. This contrast becomes a concept that is clearly delineated and reinforced throughout the project.

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The orientation of the new buildings also creates several courtyards, some which service the hotel with pools or outdoor gardens, others with planters for crops and herbs, and others to accentuate the scale of the property with singular material gestures.

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Existing interiors are stripped to their bare structural elements, and finished in a stark white paint. New additions to the space stand out in contrast against this blank pallet; concrete, wood, and tiled elements float freely, ensure that the expanse of the historic buildings are visible by maintaining views of the entire volume.

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The new buildings maintain a similar interior proportion, but are slightly more minimal in their structural expression to ensure a continual flow between spaces while maintaining a subtle visual separation between old and new.

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A subterranean cellar made of board-form concrete and a sculptural stair creates an inversion of the spaces above, with a dark foreground material punctured by moments of high contrast created by slivers of light.

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The complex is a very simple yet powerful exercise in the delicate balance of historical preservation and modernization. Minimal gestures become extremely significant due to their relationship to the space around them. All photos (C) do mal o menos



October 13, 2014, 6:58pm   Permalink | Comments

Roberto Ercilla -  Llanada Alavesa houseGardelegui 1997. Via, photos (C) César San Millán Agüera



October 06, 2014, 6:11pm  Permalink | Comments

Roberto Ercilla - House in Ibiza, 2001. Via, photos (C) César San Millán Agüera



October 06, 2014, 6:11pm  Permalink | Comments

Roberto Ercilla - Social-cultural Centre, Nanclares 1996. Via, photos (C) César San Millán Agüera



October 06, 2014, 5:22pm  Permalink | Comments

Estudio Entresitio - Three healthcare centers (San Blas, Usera, & Villaverde), Madrid 2010. Photos (C) Roland Halbe



October 06, 2014, 2:46pm  Permalink | Comments

Alejandro Muñoz Miranda - Business confederation offices, Granada 2007. Photos (C) Javier Callejas Sevilla.



October 06, 2014, 2:22pm  Permalink | Comments

Alberto Campo Baeza - Infinity house, Cadiz 2014. Photos (C) Javier Callejas.



October 05, 2014, 1:04pm  Permalink | Comments

Aires Mateus - Sines Arts Center, Sines 2006. The cultural complex rises several stories above grade, referencing the scale of castle walls found in the medieval city. It continues underground, where subterranean levels are spanned with a series of parallel bridges supported at the building perimeter, creating an unbroken view corridor through the site from the sidewalk.  Via, photos (C) Daniel Malhão.



October 03, 2014, 7:58pm  Permalink | Comments

Grafton Architects - Bocconi University, Milan 2008. Photos (C) Paolo TonatoGuido Antonelli.



October 03, 2014, 7:16pm  Permalink | Comments

Nieto Sobejano - Merida auditorium and conference center, Merida 2004 (click images for big). The concrete facade is imprinted with maps of ancient walled cities. Photos (C) Roland Halbe



October 03, 2014, 5:12pm  Permalink | Comments

Abalo y Alonso - Health center, Monterroso 2013. Via, photos (C) Santos-Díez.



October 03, 2014, 12:41pm  Permalink | Comments

MX_SI - Gösta Pavilion at the Serlachius Museum, Mänttä 2014. Photos (C) Pedro Pegenaute



October 02, 2014, 5:14pm  Permalink | Comments

Tezuka Architects - Matsunoyama Natural Science Museum, 2003. A 39’ X 13’ picture window made of 3” acrylic was designed to withstand over 2300lbs/inch of pressure to provide visitors with a unique view of the region’s massive amount of annual snowfall, which can top 100 feet/seasonVia, 2, photos (C) Katsuhisa Kida.



October 02, 2014, 4:57pm  Permalink | Comments