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Bradco Industrial Unit in Castelo de Paiva

10 Feb 2021

Bradco Industrial Unit

Architects: Em Paralelo

Location: Castelo de Paiva, Portugal, south western Europe

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

The Bradco Industrial Unit is located in the industrial area of Felgueiras, in the municipality of Castelo de Paiva.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

The company finds its genesis in the leather goods area, however over the years it has also expanded its activity to bracelets and in the leather goods area: belts, bags, briefcases, purses, wallets, shoes, etc. It is currently a notorious company for also working with renowned brands.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

With this project it was mainly intended the increase in both production and number of employees, and consequently stimulating employment and the regional economy, becoming this way, a more autonomous Industrial Unit and with total freedom for future growth.

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The building is characterized by 2 floors, which in their entirety have different characteristics.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

It comes down to a pure rectangular shape in which, roughly speaking, at its center is comprised the entire production area and on three of its sides (north, east and south) are located the rooms and offices and other spaces necessary for its correct functioning.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

The standout point of the entire production area is its zenithal roof (sawtooth roof), providing constant stretches of natural light that diffuse during the day, thanks to its north orientation.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

The administration offices were designed facing south, for the most privileged side of the Industrial Unit, where all the mass landscape that best characterizes this land and territory is concentrated.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

Since this is the most privileged side of the building, regarding the outdoors landscape, we opted for the design of a balcony that comprises all this side, so it would benefit the above-mentioned offices, as well being a great spot to invite clients for a small relaxing break.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

Still focusing on the relevance of the balcony and all the surrounding landscape, a sort of an “extension of the landscape” was attempted by making two circular slits in the slab, in such way that the vegetation on the lower floor would reach upwards. There is also a stone staircase that connects the balcony to the lower floor.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

The basement floor is the main entrance to the building. Here we find two key areas: the entrance hall and one of the meeting rooms.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

Unlike the top floor, which occupies the entire shape of the installation (rectangle), this floor occupies only part of it, mainly for morphological reasons. This floor benefits from direct sunlight from the south, east and west side.
The balcony also has an important role on the entrance floor, providing shade to this area. A leisure space, for recreation and landscape contemplation, that is embellished by a solid stone bench, that also works as a landmark for the surroundings. Neighboring this bench, we have a green area punctuated by two cypress trees that rise through two circular holes and connect with the balcony, presenting it with more dynamism and different types of light.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

As requested by the client from the beginning, the intention was not to link the image of the Industrial Unit to a mere “warehouse”, but rather an architectural landmark that would represent the brand in the best possible way in the municipality.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

As the north façade does not provide any kind of entry point to the building, it was used to create a more dynamic representation of the brand “BRADCO”, since the main entrance is located in the opposite side (south). For that reason, the north façade works as a showcase for those who pass by. Granite, a typical stone from this region, was used to cover some of wall sections.

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

Bradco Industrial Unit in Castelo de Paiva, Portugal – Building Information

Architects: Em Paralelo

Main Architect: Cristina Vaz Santos and Paulo Rodrigues

Location: Castelo de Paiva
Year of conclusion: 2020
Total area: 5500 sqm

Bradco Industrial Unit Castelo de Paiva

Photography © Ivo Tavares Studio

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