Ílhavo City Library is located in the remains of the Manor Visconde de Almeida, a noble house from the 17th-18th century, later transformed and demolished. This outstanding project has the signature of ARX Portugal - Nuno and José Mateus.
The intervention focused on 3 main areas: Library, Chapel and Youth Forum. The public and urban character of the building was reinforced. The design of the reading rooms and youth forum, external to the manor, establish direct morphological relations with the surroundings.
The chapel, deprived of its most important decorative elements, like tiles, woodwork, tomb stones and furniture was restored in essence preserving all possible evidence of its lost past. The furniture and the new altar panels by Pedro Calapez, were designed in an unequivocally contemporary style, which rediscovers the typology of original polichromic work. The chapel has been reopened for religious service, just as it was before restoration.
An iconic architectural landmark of the city!