Trinity College University Facade
Stone as "eternal", wood as "ephemeral". Materials become a symbol of the passing of time

At Trinity College in Coimbra, Portugal, materials play a key role in the renovation. After the study of the existing heritage by Aires Mateus, old structures are reinforced and replaced by new ones

The process of restructuring Trinity college begins with an understanding of the existing, priceless heritage. The structure, made entirely of stone, conveys the idea of the "eternal", which manifests itself in great walls and domes

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The stone parts are replaced by the wooden ones, the old structures that symbolize the "ephemeral". The materials become a symbol of the succession of times and the passing of time

Trinity college Coimbra

In addition to the "eternal" stone part, there is also a new, ephemeral part, which is a symbol of contemporaneity, open to future changes: a steel structure, which enables the rooms to be flooded with light and which forms a time in its own right

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