architecture studio m2.senos has designed a public restroom facility for a cemetery in ilhavo, portugal, characterized by its bold and abstract geometry. the design brief called for a renovation of the existing building utilizing a thoughtful design which would adapt to its context within the cemetery.


the building has several skylights which fill the building with light 
all images © nelson garrido

 

 

the pre-existing building was characterized by its large scale which made it appear out of context. as a result, the architects chose to minimize the size of the building and to create an ‘abstract object’ that seems to blend with the tombstones of the cemetery. the new design — photographed by nelson garrido — seems to lack any information associated with a building: it has no doors, no windows, no shed, and no porch.


the unassuming entrances are created by voids in the mass

 

 

m2.senos wrapped the entirety of the building in a green ceramic tile coating, alluding to both natural elements and the nearby church. the passive design approach ensures natural ventilation, facilitated by the north-south orientation. all the interiors are white and enjoy natural illumination through the use of skylights.


the green tile alludes to the nearby church and greenery


the new design adapts carefully to its context


the green ceramic tiles wrap around the entire building


the abstract geometry of the building adds a modern element to the cemetery


the gentle sloping building has a subtle presence on the lot


the architects reduced the scale of the previous building


the white interiors create a brightly lit space


the architects used bold shapes and color to define the building 


the geometry of the building seems to adapt to the site

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