Site Specific Arquitectura

the works

Site Specific arquitectura in its brief existence, already has a number of considerable works, with different and challenging programs.
With an award-winning record and recognized for its quality, Site Specific shares three different works, the library of St. Paul, The Museum of St. Antonio and the Chapel, which clearly help us define and characterize their work.

— São Paulo Library —

"The library was in a space they had available, on a first floor, three rooms aside to a corridor leading to several other work rooms. Very discouraging.
It was a challenge to make that a qualified space and of representation. Not just gathering, not just for them but also a space to open out for a new public.
The project had this three rooms, that when together you could find pillars and beams spread around. All of that needed to be dealt with. It was a slender space. It was a bit about, picking the existing geometry and take it to an excess, leaving no room for anything else.
We wanted to reproduce this idea of a classic library space, almost conservative, to see historical libraries with the dark woods and the silence. We were looking for that kind of environment."

Site Specific Arquitectura, Lisbon, Portugal, Architecture

São Paulo Library © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Site Specific Arquitectura, Lisbon, Portugal, Architecture

São Paulo Library © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

— Santo Antonio Museum —

“The objective was to bring together two spaces from an historical square in the city, and with some importance, it was one of the city's entrances. And despite being built after the earthquake (1755), you still find traces in both spaces prior to the earthquake.
So there was an historical value that was interesting to us, and there was also some adding done to both spaces through time, that we wanted to clean a bit,and bring back the original space in a more depurated form."

“And this was the main work we proposed to do together with the exhibit team, to clean the adding that was made in the 20th century, bring both spaces together and give them some unity through the exhibit project.
The base concept was, the exhibit project could not be mixed with the existing space, with the existing building.In a way we looked at the exhibit as architecture, and it became the solution for that space, and that was very interesting for us.
How can we all together solve the problems from one stoke and meet this challenge?"

Site Specific Arquitectura, Lisbon, Portugal, Architecture

Santo Antonio museum © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Site Specific Arquitectura, Lisbon, Portugal, Architecture

Santo Antonio museum © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

— The Chapel —

“The chapel as a series of needs it must answer to, because its the chapel the community uses for themselves in daily celebrations as it's used for representation when they have an event or some international official coming to visit. It's for more than just the community."

“So we needed to find a place to do it, once again the budget was important. We couldn't afford to do something from scratch on a hill in the farm.
Together with them, we ended up choosing this central space, connecting the publishing house building with residences building."

Site Specific Arquitectura, Lisbon, Portugal, Architecture

Chapel © do mal o menos

“Once again we had a completely new program with several technical requirements, and they knew exactly what they wanted, what that chapel needed to have.
The entire community had something to say about the proposals presented."

Site Specific Arquitectura, Lisbon, Portugal, Architecture

Chapel © do mal o menos

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