Wednesday, 27 June 2018

They are award-winning giant granaries - and you can sleep in them

Arouca has been welcoming tourists since October and is a tribute to the traditional granaries. We are at Quintãs - Farm Houses, by the architect António Júlio Caseiro, who learned a few days ago that he won the award for best energy efficiency solution at the 2018 National Urban Rehabilitation Awards.

The project, which dates back to 2014 and was completed in August last year, consists of three T1 housing units, organized in two independent volumes, two gigantic granaries, harmoniously integrated into the surrounding countryside. With "references to the ancestral memory and typical of an agrarian set", the work tells the architect to the source P3, was inspired by the shapes of the floor, the canastro and the haystack, using wood, tile and stone, all reused of the previous construction. António Júlio Caseiro also sought "good exposure and solar orientation, a landscape enjoyment and a good quality of construction."

Providing safety, comfort and well-being to its users was the main objective of rehabilitation, visible characteristics in insulation details, choice of coating and finishing materials, carpentry work and detailing in the installation of infrastructures networks. The prize is explained by the use of energetically passive constructive solutions, namely "panels with thermal insulation, thermal blocks, air boxes, thermal blankets, waterproofing sheets, high quality double glazing, thermal profiles and wood slatting" .

Energy efficiency, landscape, centrality and fusion with the rural environment are for the architect the capital gains of Quintãs - Farm Houses. "It is a proposal that is integrated in the middle, is a proposal that is very close to the center, two minutes walk, is practically next to the Monastery and the Convent of Arouca, so it could not be a work that was aberrant or that it was aggressive, "says the creator, who would not mind living on the estate. Still, imagine it to be inhabited by couples or nature lovers, who appreciate the rural environment. At the moment, the houses are intended for local accommodation and, according to the architect, the owner intends to broaden the concept.

The Republic 37, in Lisbon, was the big winner in the sixth edition of the awards, promoted by Vida Imobiliária and Promevi to distinguish the best requalification and renewal interventions in Portugal. The project of the architect Frederico Valsassina won in the categories residential, work in the city of Lisbon and structural rehabilitation. Also in Lisbon are Sede Abreu Advogados, winner in the commercial and services category, Verride Palácio Santa Catarina, considered the best in tourism, and Quinta Alegre, which received the distinction for the restoration. The Maria Barroso Basic School in Lisbon and the Real Winery in Matosinhos shared the social impact premium. Already in the city of Porto was awarded the building of the Night Hostels of Porto. Finally, the intervention award of less than one thousand square meters was collected by Quinta do Catapeixe, located in the parish of Bem Viver, in Marco de Canaveses.

Source: Pú| See the original article here.

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