Almost every project begins with a site visit. For the architect, almost always, the site is a piece of land, or else an interior. On this occasion it is an interior which also is an exterior. The new Revigrés offices have very clear parameters set out by their future users: proximity to the new production area, functionality, sustainability and if possible identity and harmony.
▼办公室外观，external view of the office ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
Initially I thought that proximity was necessary in relation to the production line, but in a building that would be separate to the other pavilions of Unit 2, and so, I saw these parameters as having a different weight and interpretation. At the site visit, I was surprised by the necessity and intention of making the new building within an existing one. Surprised, somewhat perplexed, pleased with the challenge that spices up our professional role, amazed by the complexity and automation of the production chain and by the constant construction and transformation of the equipment and technology.
▼建筑中的建筑，building in the building ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
▼项目所处的工厂环境，environment of the production line ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
Here and there, were some slightly odd, makeshift materials that clashed with the high-tech nature of the equipment, the production process and the materials produced, which in a certain way conceal the chemistry and the mechanics of this process of transforming matter. A very large box that must have been used to safely transport some piece of equipment, now waited to be moved along and to be transformed into something new, something made possible by the material itself and by the ingenuity of the people who master these new technologies. Containers that are designed and made to measure, used and then later, are re-used within a logic of functionality and responsible sustainability.
▼施工过程，construction process ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
The new offices for Revigrés are located inside Unit 2, at its southern end; they will be nothing more than containers, large boxes where people will work, but, not without some exposure to the heat and noise inherent in the production of ceramics. As happens with the customized boxes for transporting particular pieces, it was necessary to interpret the particular needs and requirements of the clients and users, the technical parameters, deadlines and economy in relation to expenditure and means.
▼办公室外观，由集装箱组成，external view of the office composed of several containers ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
▼建筑立面，巨大的开窗，facade of the project with large windows ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
▼堆叠的箱体，overlapped containers ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
As the project progressed, there was a shared desire to create something that would be sustainable. As is often the case in this type of process, some values become banal and some words become vulgarized; sustainability losses its noble character and becomes abuzz word used as a label likewise for things that are good and for things that are mediocre. This project is sustainable because there is a strong will to be sustainable and because, this willingness itself is sustained by reasons which are beyond those of mere necessity.
▼箱体之间的入口，entrance between the boxes ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
The containers have a softwood structure; the walls, floors and ceilings are made out of chipboard panels. The thermal and acoustic insulation is provided by black expanded cork agglomerate. The floors and walls of the sanitary installations are clad in ceramic tiles.
▼集装箱内部的办公空间，working space inside the containers ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
▼透过落地窗可以看到生产线，view to the production line through the large windows ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
▼二层走廊，corridor on the second floor ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
Simple containers in timber and glass, embodying the intentions of the people who commissioned them, the people who worked the timber and made up the frames and the people who designed them so that they could accommodate people and goods in harmony with the environment, while satisfying the requirements of productivity. So, the materials for making the box become the materials for the finishes and for comfort.
▼夜景，night view ©FERNANDO GUERRA . FG+SG
In a hopefully distant future, these containers can be transformed into other containers, boxes and crates, in a logic of sustainability that the human mind will forever be capable of re-inventing.
▼总平面图，site plan ©Carlos Castanheira
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©Carlos Castanheira
▼二层平面图，second floor plan ©Carlos Castanheira
▼立面图，elevations ©Carlos Castanheira
▼剖面图，sections ©Carlos Castanheira
Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Structure: HDP, Gabinete de serviços e projectos de engenharia civil, Lda.
Electrical: Igemaci Engenharia S.A.
Carpinters: Henriques e Rodrigues Lda.
AVAC: Ar Puro Lda.
Electricity And Drainage: Electro Clara Lda.
Design Team: José Carlos Soares, Joana Catarino, Carolina Leite
Electricity: Electro Clara Lda.
Drainage: Electro Clara Lda.