Santa Casa da Misericórdia’s Elderly Care Centre by Nuno Piedade Alexandre

Distorting facades

Project Specs


非常感谢 Nuno Piedade Alexandre 将项目介绍和项目图片授权gooood发行。
Appreciation towards Nuno Piedade Alexandre for providing the following description:


With it’s beginning in 2015, this building has only been completed in 2018. It’s about a health care residence for elderly people, with 10 double rooms and 4 individual rooms, all of them equipped with their own private facilities.

▼项目外观,exterior view


The building main aim was that of nurturing the necessity of extra bedrooms on the main existing building having therefore functionally some connections and circulations been established between the two.

▼从远处看护理中心,exterior view looking from the distance


▼项目外观,卧室体量延伸出外表皮,打破了建筑的主立面,形成一个异形的、雕塑般的造型,exterior view, the projection of the rooms outwards distorts the main facade, creating a special sculptural moment

▼建筑主立面,the main facade of the care center

▼建筑主立面,竖向线条和大窗确保了室内的自然采光和景观视野,the main facade, vertical elements and large windows make sure the natural light and views

▼建筑外观,东侧(下图左下角)的层高从室高的2.7米逐渐过渡到3.5/4.5米,使自然光可以照射进室内,exterior view, the transformation of an interior room height from 2.7 meters to an exterior facade opening of 3.5/4.5 meters height (left bottom part of the following image) brings inside in some way a light

▼建筑沿街立面,street view of the care center

▼立面细节,立面上的垂直板条与周边环境中的树木建立了联系,details of the exterior facade, the vertical elements with the aim of establishing a relation with the surrounding tree mass

▼卧室内部,interior view of the bedroom

▼从卧室向外看,大窗确保了室内采光和景观视野,looking outside from the bedroom, the large window guarantees the natural light and views

The proposed volume grows from the usage of the available area of the plot, and from the necessity of the connection to the existing building in order to set up the minimum space needed for the functional areas actually work. The concept bases itself on this principal and in the search for a very particular experience mainly focused on its users. The volume dematerializes itself through the projection of the rooms outwards, distorting main facade in the search for a special sculptural moment that can speak for itself and be kind of singular, also in the way that every patient should be. The attention to the patients and its users has always been the main aim for the building, being the capture of the most area of outside landscape possible it’s biggest representation. The transformation of an interior room height from 2.7 meters to an exterior facade opening of 3.5/4.5 meters height brought inside in some way a light that was before unavailable. The geometric complexity that therefore results defines and marks the buildings image that which when introducing an expression of vertical elements had the aim of establish a relation with the surrounding tree mass and to distinguish itself in the urban landscape of the street where it stands. In resume, the project results from a functional program, a concept of living experience and use, and the relation of the building with the surrounding urban grid.

▼傍晚时分的老人护理中心,the elderly care centre at dusk

▼傍晚时分的老人护理中心街景,the street view of the elderly care centre at dusk

▼建筑夜景,night view

▼一层平面图,1F plan

▼二层平面图,2F plan

▼三层平面图,3F plan

▼屋顶平面,roof plan



Location – Avenida Manuel Pires Filipe ( Avenida Marginal ), Lote II
Arquitecture – Nuno Piedade Alexandre
Collaboration – Susana Castelo, Nídia Brígido, Vasco Tomás
Structural – Rogério Alves
Other Expertise – José Duarte, Gonçalo Santos, Hélder Formiga

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