ARX PORTUGAL

Founded in 1991 by Nuno Mateus e José Mateus.
Our architecture doesn’t follow a lexicon or a stabilized language. In every new project we try to find the “vocables” for a specific language to the new context. More than searching common points between each new project and the previous, our interest focus more on finding differences. It is as if we were always returning to zero. And, at a certain level, that is our conception of innovation.
Evidently this approach also opens up a vast research field. Not having to work within rigid precepts, we search an experimental path where we can test new concepts starting from what interest and fascinates us. Meanwhile, wise seem to us the words of the Brazilian poet and philosopher António Cícero that once said: “what is interesting, it is not much writing something new, but writing something that the reading doesn’t date it.”
The future is always hard to predict, but, com-probingly, after the revolutions, of the disinterest in history and the globalization, there will be certainly a return to the local, to the specific, to the architecture made of small but solid impulses from the things that arrive to us.

Main projects:
Abrantes Daily Market – Abrantes, Portugal – 2015
House in Lisbon – Lisbon, Portugal – 2013
Ílhavo Maritime Museu Extension – Ílhavo, Portugal – 2012
Mythos Office Building – Lisboa, Portugal – 2012
House in Leiria – Leiria, Portugal – 2011
Regional blood Center – Coimbra, Portugal – 2011
House in Possanco – Possanco, Portugal – 2011
Forum Sintra – Sintra, Portugal – 2011
Barreiro College of Technology – Barreiro, Portugal – 2007
Cascais Music Conservatory – Cascais, Portugal – 2007
Ílhavo City Library – Ílhavo, Portugal – 2005
Regional Blood Center of O’Porto – O’Porto, Portugal – 2004

Project work in progress:
Sintra Music Conservatory – Sintra, Portugal
Centro Sócio-Cultural da Costa Nova – Costa Nova, Aveiro, Portugal
Casa da Crança – Ílhavo, Portugal
MAC, Art and Collectionism Museum – Cantanhede, Portugal

 

Project selected for Archmarathon: ÍLHAVO MARITIME MUSEUM EXTENSION