There's nothing like a brilliant pop of color to brighten up the beginning of a new week. Giving new life to two 16th century buildings, Manuel Maia Gomes created a passageway between them that doubles as the Solar S. Roque Gallery in Portugal. Candy-colored glass panels and existing windows flood the passageway with gentle natural light while also protecting the art pieces displayed inside from harsh sunlight. Remnants of the old buildings are scattered throughout the project, including granite walls that have amazing thermal properties, and energy consumption is kept very low. For more details and a host of eye-catching images by Fernando Guerras, click through the gallery after the jump.
Manuel Maia Gomes Architects makes their contribution to sustainability by keeping many of the existing materials in their reconstruction project. Original windows, granite walls, porticos, and a few staircases are bolstered by new interventions such as a pigmented concrete staircase and some timber panelling, but much of the original stone is left nude out of deference to history. But the project’s highlight obviously lies in the colorful passageway.
A rainbow-hued link between past and present, the passageway bridges two old buildings that had reached the end of their useful life. Instead of just an empty corridor, however, the architects transformed this space into an inspiring art exhibit that is both naturally lit and ventilated. Creating further allure are the almost frivolous colored glass panels that illuminate the gallery. And finally, keeping the granite walls reduced the project’s energy consumption thanks to this material’s amazing thermal properties. No air-conditioning has been used, so visitors are free to breathe easy while enjoying the various art exhibits!
images via Fernando Guerra
Via Arch Daily