The project for a store in Rua do Souto in Braga occupies two existing buildings with distinct characteristics: on one hand XIX century building three floors with a romantic courtyard with a fountain, palm and niches that restores and recovers, and on the other, a narrow building that occupies a passage that gave name to the bridge house that turns and stages. The link between them is an exposed concrete box.
To enhance the lightness of the concrete box – essentially rough – the ground floor is glass mosaic – Venetian opus –punctuated with white glass and gold leaf.
The clay walls of the courtyard are reset, the plaster is restored, as well as the flooring of the pavements. The upper floors exhibit couture collections with the tasting room lined with aluminum foil. The piano nobile, in the concrete box suspended on the entrance floor, displays basics and accessories.
Functioning as a counterpoint to the entrance –a slim passage – the concrete box – the showcase is a cubic structure of wood lined the screen into the room – offers great capacity for change.
João Esteves da Silva
Rua do Souto, Braga, Portugal
Cristina Guedes, Francisco Vieira de Campos and Fernando Pinto Coelho
Lúcia Abreu, Margarida Paixão, Timothy Schultz
Poliedro, SPQ, Coritei, Protermia
Nuno Borges de Araújo