Pastoral Center of Moscavide

Pastoral Center, Moscavide Architecture, Portuguese Building, Odraude Construction

Pastoral Center of Moscavide

Architecture in Portugal: New Building – design by Plano Humano Arquitectos

22 May 2017

Pastoral Center

Design: Plano Humano Arquitectos

Location: Moscavide, Portugal

Pastoral Center of Moscavide

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

From the need to serve multiple functions, the Pastoral Center of Moscavide is composed by a set of facilities that include catechesis rooms, funeral chapels, and the parish residence, and these needs.

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

The close proximity and connection with the Church of Santo António of Moscavide, a building undergoing classification as a property of national interest, provided premises for dialogue and framing. The two buildings stand out as landmarks of two eras that, although different, complement each other as reference points in the community.

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

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Conceptually, we projected an extremely simple volume in articulation with the adjacent church that is also somewhat monolithic. However, the new building presents contemporary details, namely in the materials used, such as concrete, the white walls in the space volumetry, and the connection of the building with the surrounding natural light, which was a constant throughout the project.

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

The differential use of in-house, spaces, due to their different valences, dictated the programmatic display that progressed from more public to more private spaces, leaving behind, in a more isolated and introspective environment, the access to the funeral chapels.

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Across the Avenue of Moscavide you can access the main entrance of the building, and also the parish residence, which ends up crossing the whole center, thus in close connection with it.

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The great central skylight that unifies all the space shines onto the interior of the building a light that is high, strong, and always present.
The sunlight shines onto the resurrection chapels and create a clear analogy with the liturgical passage they witness, characterizing space and emboldening the moment.

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

The slender lamellae lining the entire facade dematerialize and soften its austere volume, providing a spiritual and incorporeal atmosphere, whereas in the interior, they deliver a sensation of shelter and introspection while enjoying the view and all available light.

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

The final result is a simple, clean, elegant, authentic and almost rude building in terms of materiality, which together with the volumetric work of the spaces, and the crosstalk between natural and artificial light, results in a graphic building that transports us to an ethereal, liturgical and iconographic atmosphere.

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Pastoral Center – Building Information

Project Name: Pastoral Center of Moscavide
Location: Moscavide, Portugal
Architects: Plano Humano Arquitectos | Pedro Ferreira, Arq. e Helena Vieira, Arq.
Engineering: GAPLR | Luis Reis, Eng
Client: Paróquia de Santo António de Moscavide
Main Contractor: Odraude
Use: Religious
Area: 1729sqm
Project Year: 2016

Pastoral Center of Moscavideg

Photography: João Morgado Photography

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