João Mendes Ribeiro - Silence Cloister of the Lorvão Monastery, Penacova 2013. Photos (C) do mal o menos.
Renovation of an old thermal control center to an arts building at Universida de Coimbra by João Mendes Ribeiro. There’s a lot I like about this project; not only am I a sucker for old industrial equipment, but Menedes Riberio had previously designed one of my favorite rehabs of all time, and he has a very distinct way of introducing contemporary forms and functions into historic structures. The picture above is a pretty funny moment in which the original rail and transport cart is left in tact, meandering through the new lecture hall. Most of the existing industrial equipment is left untouched, and given new life with multiple layers of highly articulated lighting. Continue here for more images.