SUBTILITAS

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




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Aires Mateus - Casa No Tempo, Montemor-o-Novo 2013. The large, 4,300 sf/ft pool has a winding perimeter with a soft plaster edge, reminiscent of the many ponds located on the vast property.  Via, photos (C) Nelson Garrido.



October 14, 2014, 4:52pm  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

Jarmund Vigsnæs - Mountain hut, Okstindan 2014. Via, photos (C) Svein Arne Brygfjeld.



August 25, 2014, 4:11pm  Permalink | Comments

Yasutaka Yoshimura - Hostel in Kyonan, Chiba 2012. Via.



August 04, 2014, 11:11am  Permalink | Comments

Auer & Weber - Siggen Manor seminar building, Siggen 2007. Photos (C) Roland Halbe



June 12, 2014, 8:42pm  Permalink | Comments

Corinna Menn - Chesa Gabriel renovation, Samedan 2013. 



May 28, 2014, 2:06pm  Permalink | Comments

Auer & Weber - ESO Hotel, Taltal, Atacama Desert 2002 (the view at night, and yes, in a Bond movie). Via, photos (C) Roland Halbe.



May 02, 2014, 7:49am  Permalink | Comments

Vicenç Sarrablo & Jaume Colom - Conversion of a horse stable, La Llacuna 2013. Via, photos (C) José Hevia.



April 09, 2014, 5:12pm  Permalink | Comments

RCR Arquitectes - Les Cols pavilion, Olot 2005. Photos (C) Hisao Suzuki.



April 08, 2014, 6:50pm  Permalink | Comments

Aires MateusCasa na Areia, Comporta 2010. Photos (C) Nelson Garrido.



March 13, 2014, 11:38am  Permalink | Comments

Hans Jörg Ruch - Chesa Andrea, Madulain 1999. Photos (C) Filippo Simonetti.



March 05, 2014, 5:23pm  Permalink | Comments

Hans Jörg Ruch -  Chesa Sclarida, S-chanf 2008. Photos (C) Filippo Simonetti.



March 05, 2014, 2:37pm  Permalink | Comments

Hans Jörg RuchChesa Büsin, Silvaplana 2004. Photos (C) Filippo Simonetti.



March 05, 2014, 12:02pm  Permalink | Comments

Bearth & Deplazes - Monte Rosa-Hütt, Walliser Alpen 2009. Photos (C) Tonatiuh Ambrosetti.



February 26, 2014, 6:48pm  Permalink | Comments

Florian Nagler - Hotel Tannerhof renovation and addition, Bayrischzell 2011. Via, photos (C) Stefan Müller-Naumann.



February 26, 2014, 6:35pm  Permalink | Comments