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Image 1 The case study is located in Grijó parish, Vila Nova de Gaia municipality.
Image 1 The case study is located in Grijó parish, Vila Nova de Gaia municipality.

Image 1 The case study is located in Grijó parish, Vila Nova de Gaia municipality.
Image 1 The case study is located in Grijó parish, Vila Nova de Gaia municipality.

Image 2 A- South Wing, Ruin and the New Element Currently nonexistent, the south wing still maintains elements that prove and mark the existence of a construction in that area interspersed directly with the Casa dos Frades and the cloister. The direct link between the old and the new, coupled with the recovery of the old ground, will guide a deployment and projection trajectory of the new volume. The present ruin will be the connecting element between the two components: the spatial organization of the monastery and the new construction with its own organization, where mimetic reconstruction is an excluded intention; B - Casa dos Frades In the land of the Farm and in another time physically connected to the monastery, the Casa dos Frades, of the XVIII century, is a union of two constructions, each with peculiar characteristics that form a proper and distinct set. The Oval Chapel, building to the north, expresses an inspiration to the divine, to the supernatural. The course of light through the deep windows and the volume of the abounding void in recesses and forms, yields to an intimate setting of fantasy and fiction.
Image 2 A- South Wing, Ruin and the New Element Currently nonexistent, the south wing still maintains elements that prove and mark the existence of a construction in that area interspersed directly with the Casa dos Frades and the cloister. The direct link between the old and the new, coupled with the recovery of the old ground, will guide a deployment and projection trajectory of the new volume. The present ruin will be the connecting element between the two components: the spatial organization of the monastery and the new construction with its own organization, where mimetic reconstruction is an excluded intention; B - Casa dos Frades In the land of the Farm and in another time physically connected to the monastery, the Casa dos Frades, of the XVIII century, is a union of two constructions, each with peculiar characteristics that form a proper and distinct set. The Oval Chapel, building to the north, expresses an inspiration to the divine, to the supernatural. The course of light through the deep windows and the volume of the abounding void in recesses and forms, yields to an intimate setting of fantasy and fiction.

Image 3 The Stones Considered the most noble and sturdy material, the stone has been used for many years. Despite the studies and knowledge acquired, stones tend to keep secrets not only from themselves, but from the witnessed scenarios. The projection of the north wall and the ruin of the south wall are two elements of different ages and epochs, but unified with the same materials and the same exposure, naked to the weather and time. Two walls, two planes. The stones come to life for what they harbor and witness. The type of overlapping and construction of walls that are not covered and that are installed in rural areas, surrounded by nature, tend to be colonized by the animals that inhabit the place, serving as protection, shelter and hunting territory. The water retained in the porosity in the material generates another type of colonization by the plants. The rectilinear and melancholic of the walls are suppressed and filled with dynamism and memories. The new north plan preserves the privacy of what happens beyond the fence, guides and follows the visitor's path, allows to observe and contemplate the old monastic set, and the material chosen to erect it would be the stone, connecting with the existing one and combining the two with the green of the field. The ruin, the link between the old and the new, was not intended to be closed and sealed. The desired view leaves the rocks exposed, facing the weather and changing during the seasons, with the intention that in the future, the scenery will have life beyond history.
Image 3 The Stones Considered the most noble and sturdy material, the stone has been used for many years. Despite the studies and knowledge acquired, stones tend to keep secrets not only from themselves, but from the witnessed scenarios. The projection of the north wall and the ruin of the south wall are two elements of different ages and epochs, but unified with the same materials and the same exposure, naked to the weather and time. Two walls, two planes. The stones come to life for what they harbor and witness. The type of overlapping and construction of walls that are not covered and that are installed in rural areas, surrounded by nature, tend to be colonized by the animals that inhabit the place, serving as protection, shelter and hunting territory. The water retained in the porosity in the material generates another type of colonization by the plants. The rectilinear and melancholic of the walls are suppressed and filled with dynamism and memories. The new north plan preserves the privacy of what happens beyond the fence, guides and follows the visitor's path, allows to observe and contemplate the old monastic set, and the material chosen to erect it would be the stone, connecting with the existing one and combining the two with the green of the field. The ruin, the link between the old and the new, was not intended to be closed and sealed. The desired view leaves the rocks exposed, facing the weather and changing during the seasons, with the intention that in the future, the scenery will have life beyond history.

Image 4 Prior to an addition or subtraction in the monastery, it is necessary to recognize the value of each space and to evaluate the capacity and potentiality to host and associate new elements of the present time, without characterizing or creating disagreements between the old and the new. The new elements inserted in the existing, outside or within the spaces of the monastery, which adapt, reuse and ensure the needs and functionalities of the new program, are reversible, allow the maintenance of a large part of the existing area and are guided by the limits originated by the mesh of the set. The intervention project and the new materials interact and highlight the stones that elevate and ornament the monastery. Knowing the nature of materials is important because it enables a better and beneficial intervention.
Image 4 Prior to an addition or subtraction in the monastery, it is necessary to recognize the value of each space and to evaluate the capacity and potentiality to host and associate new elements of the present time, without characterizing or creating disagreements between the old and the new. The new elements inserted in the existing, outside or within the spaces of the monastery, which adapt, reuse and ensure the needs and functionalities of the new program, are reversible, allow the maintenance of a large part of the existing area and are guided by the limits originated by the mesh of the set. The intervention project and the new materials interact and highlight the stones that elevate and ornament the monastery. Knowing the nature of materials is important because it enables a better and beneficial intervention.

Image 5 The architecture in the rehabilitation and restoration works at the Mosteiro de Grijó, plays an important role through the opportunity it is designed to give life, resurrect spaces and relive memories of old buildings and monuments forgotten or degraded. The work gives birth to a new era of this long life's monastery, and inspires others that might arise in the future.
Image 5 The architecture in the rehabilitation and restoration works at the Mosteiro de Grijó, plays an important role through the opportunity it is designed to give life, resurrect spaces and relive memories of old buildings and monuments forgotten or degraded. The work gives birth to a new era of this long life's monastery, and inspires others that might arise in the future.

Image 6 Axonometry of the New Volume and Model of the Set
Image 6 Axonometry of the New Volume and Model of the Set

Image 7 Old Chapter Hall - Library and Archive The chapter room was where the clergymen met for periodical assemblies and discussions about the administration of the monastery, which were initiated by the reading of a chapter of the Rule by which they were guided. It was the most important room in the monastic complex. As a knowledge and culture archive of a civilization, libraries were part of the program in the monasteries where books and scriptures were preserved and copied by clerics. They are still scenes and main pieces in the stories of books and films. In this proposal, the construction of one would be the potential of the other. Divided into two areas and two floors, the proposal separates the file area from the reading area. The first, just at the entrance, closes in itself, like a chest of knowledge, where in a passage enters the bright reading area in contrast to the previous one.
Image 7 Old Chapter Hall - Library and Archive The chapter room was where the clergymen met for periodical assemblies and discussions about the administration of the monastery, which were initiated by the reading of a chapter of the Rule by which they were guided. It was the most important room in the monastic complex. As a knowledge and culture archive of a civilization, libraries were part of the program in the monasteries where books and scriptures were preserved and copied by clerics. They are still scenes and main pieces in the stories of books and films. In this proposal, the construction of one would be the potential of the other. Divided into two areas and two floors, the proposal separates the file area from the reading area. The first, just at the entrance, closes in itself, like a chest of knowledge, where in a passage enters the bright reading area in contrast to the previous one.

Image 8 The contrast between an idea of a hiding place and treasure, where knowledge is retained and protected between wood and steel, with the presence of natural light that receives and accompanies who passes through the burst and the search. The three openings are also a moment of reality for those who get lost in the words and stories of books. That, to look out serves as a break for those who consume themselves in the scenarios, information and reports of the paper. In developing this reuse and adaptation of the Old Hall of the Chapter to a Library, it became impossible to finish it without first completing with furniture. A table that eludes an altar, a desk and a reading table with its own light, were the result of questions and drawings. The elements in oak and mahogany organize the reading area and establish a connection between space and who can take advantage of it. The Library, a gift given to this work, complements the intentions, the program, the spaces and the details this intervention in the Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijó.
Image 8 The contrast between an idea of a hiding place and treasure, where knowledge is retained and protected between wood and steel, with the presence of natural light that receives and accompanies who passes through the burst and the search. The three openings are also a moment of reality for those who get lost in the words and stories of books. That, to look out serves as a break for those who consume themselves in the scenarios, information and reports of the paper. In developing this reuse and adaptation of the Old Hall of the Chapter to a Library, it became impossible to finish it without first completing with furniture. A table that eludes an altar, a desk and a reading table with its own light, were the result of questions and drawings. The elements in oak and mahogany organize the reading area and establish a connection between space and who can take advantage of it. The Library, a gift given to this work, complements the intentions, the program, the spaces and the details this intervention in the Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijó.




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REABILITAÇÃO DO MOSTEIRO DE SÃO SALVADOR DE GRIJÓ
Escola Superior Artística do Porto

It all began in 922 when two cleric brothers raised a little worshipping temple to Saint Agostinho before the Portuguese County was formed. The little building has presented through the centuries until now an evolutionary chronology from roots to progress that resulted in what we call today Mosteiro de São Salvador de Grijo.

Grijo's parish in Vila Nova de Gaia owns its visibility, origin and development to its monastic set that is cherished, protected and glorified by the community that enjoy its public interior and exterior spaces.
The various interventions that this monastery has gone through, expose a fragmented and worn out hedge that reveals flaws and missing pieces of its constructive elements, axis of connections and recent setting plans, not thought through and not sunk into its pre existence.

The proposal to rehabilitate, with a new programme, from the answers found to the questions asked, during this process of organising ideas and concepts to the final projects, has fermented acknowledgement, interests and curiosities that intent to connect the new programme and its own missions and features.

Before taking or adding anything from the monastery we need to recognise its value and assess its potential and capacity to host new present elements that won't create disagreements between the old and the new making it lose its identity.

The new elements inserted inside and outside of the monastery, that adapt, reutilise and reassure the needs and features of the new programme are reversible, and allow the maintenance of big part of the existent area and are guided by the past originated limits.

The intervention project and the new materials used, interact and give visibility to the stones that are part of the monastery. To know the nature of the materials is important as it allows a better and more assistive intervention.

in Grijó, has an important role as it gives birth to spaces and memories of old, degraded and forgotten monuments.

The work gives birth to a new era of this long life's monastery, and inspires others that might arise in the future.