The Picadeiro’s Palace is a two level building, symmetrical in terms of floor plan and elevation. The building made of plastered granite and has masonry work around the windows, in an example of baroque architecture in Portugal.
The goal of the renovation project was to adapt the palace into a county promotion museum space. Its ruins showed only the interior and exterior walls, traces of unfinished construction. We opted to preserve this image already imbedded in people’s minds.
The renovation project brought back the planimetric organization originally planned for housing while attempting to adapt it to exhibit space. The new introduced elements - roofs, circulation units, doors and windows – are used in their minimal expression. The access atrium, two levels high, is covered in glass so that the perception of the space is that of the ruins existed before the intervention. The remaining roof surface is made from zinc metal sheeting of low slant so as not to be visible from the outside.
The space in front of the palace, a frame of granite slabs surrounds the area of pebble stone.