Thisispaper Studio truly appreciates the work of Portuguese architect João Mendes Ribeiro. Together with his team, who stands behind his namesake architectural office, they gave a new life to the Regional Headquarters of the Pharmacists’ Association.
"In 1998, the Coimbra Regional Headquarters of the Pharmacists’ Association bought two semi-detachedhouses. In 2010 the Pharmacists’ Association decided to occupy both buildings, to which end it had to requalify number 12B, lying vacant and presenting signs of decay,” explained the architects.
The main focus was put on adapting the building to the new functional programme, establishing interior communications with the adjacent building. Some of the walls on the ground floor were demolished, in order to create a spacious living room, which will provide access to the courtyard at the rear of the building. On the middle floor, the atrium of the main entrance distributes the space of the various classrooms, whilst the top floor houses offices. All the walls were painted white, except the service areas. As a result, the new space invites with a feeling of clarity, complemented by the careful but also uniform selection of furniture and lighting.