Renovation of the Trinity College - European College by Aires Mateus. Working with the traces of the past

13/07/2017
Renovation of the Trinity College - European College by Aires Mateus. Working with the traces of the past
[Coimbra] Portugal
metalocus, SARA NÁJAR
Renovation of the Trinity College - European College by Aires Mateus. Photograph © Nelson Garrido
The trinity College in Coimbra was desfigured and damaged by its successive occupants and most of the building has been unoccupied for decades; it was severely ruined.
An extensive archaeological intervention recently took place, which revealed the building’s successive phases of occupation. At the same time, the execution of the project of adaptation of the college complex to the European University Judicial Court and other services of the Law School is taking place, under the supervision of the architecture studio Aires Mateus.
 

Description of the project by Aires Mateus

The project starts with the consideration of heritage and historical values. We differentiate between the "eternal" value of the project´s masses: the compression of the great walls and domes, and the "ephemeral" character of the old structures: constructive systems traditionally made of wood. The project was developed following this understanding of passing time, preserving the value of the "eternal" and proposing a new "ephemeral". A structure made of steel, separate and flooded with light,...read more

Architects
Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus
Project leader
Susana Rodrigues
Colaborators
Valentino Capelo Sousa, Patrícia Marques
, Mariana Barbosa Mateus, Joana Carmo Simões, Vânia Fernandes, Olga Sanina, Sara Nobre
Engineer
BETAR, GPEC Trofa, JOULE, José Galvão Te
les
Constructor
Veiga Lopes S.A
Dates
Project.- 2001 - 2013.
Construction.- 2014 - 2016
Area
Surface area.- 1910 sqm Built area.- 40
93 sqm Site area.- 2300 sqm

MATEUS

Manuel Rocha Aires Mateus. Born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1963. Graduates as an architect in F.A./U.T.L., Lisbon Portugal in 1986. Collaboration with architect Gonçalo Byrne since 1983. Collaboration with architect Francisco Aires Mateus since 1988. Teacher in Graduate School of Design, Harvard University, USA, in 2002 and 2005. Invited teacher in Fakulteta za Arhitekturo, Universa v Ljublja...read more