On the highest point in the city of Braga the different temporal strata of the city can be seen. This is the location to construct the building, connected to this visual memory. The connection of the present occurs in the courtyards of the building, the location of social activity at the center, the repetition extends into the city’s areas of activities.
These connections are registered non-explicitly in the subtraction of masses form the construction of the building, extending it to the city squares, main streets, buildings and landscape. There is a formal and social relationship between the city and the building. A project for the rehabilitating people with problems with substance abuse assumes the same fragmented relationship of city life at your feet.
The organization of the architectural elements, regardless of the different functions that compose the program, it provides a formal response for each individual space and is revealed as a tool to transforming it into a piece of the city. The building consists of two platforms which fall within several blocks seemingly independent, creating two courtyards: one facing the city and the other an interior courtyard.
“Projecto Homem” was distinguished with a Honorable Mention at 2005 Secil Prize.