Maria da Silva Menezes Reis, one of our spectacular architects in the Architect-US Job+J1 Visa Program, has presented their project called Roman Museum in Alcácer do Sal. Alcácer do Sal is on the Alentejo coast, which is south of Setúbal district. Initially this city grew from the center out towards the river due to the economic benefits. Later on, the city saw a slow decentralization outside of the city walls, as many cities in the world have. Menezes Reis emphasized that the project intends to reflect on the relation that architecture establishes with its past. The ruin in this way is an interpretation of the past. The building in the top photo suggests a continuity of the elements that add to the landscape. The project consists of pigmented reinforced concrete with no coating. Similar to the old mud wall that surrounds the area.
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Yet the city is divided, Menezes Reis stated that the main road divides the city into north and south. In the south there are largely pedestrian areas. while the north is geared more towards cars. Thus there is an unequal dispersal of people around the city.
Menezes Reis graduated from Universidad Autonoma de Lisboa in 2016 and has since worked at Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos.
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Images by Maria da Silva Menezes Reis
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