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
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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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