The project for the FACOL industrial building started with the rehabilitation of an abandoned pavilion, providing it with the proper work conditions for a textile dyeing facility. The second phase of the project consisted in the addition of a new volume to the already existent factory, creating a new building where all the administrative functions would take place.

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Project name: FACOL
Company name: Ana Coelho Arq.
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Project Location: Pedome, Vila Nova de Famalicão
Completion Year: 2018
Photo Credits: João Morgado
Construction: Telhabel Construções – S.A.
Engineering Project: PN10

FACOL by Ana Coelho Arquitectura - Sheet1
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The new office building was implanted south of the existent volume, detached from it and separated by a vertical garden, which isolates any disturbance noise prevenient from the factory facilities.

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FACOL by Ana Coelho Arquitectura - Sheet2
©João Morgado

The new volume is partially elevated from the ground level. One of its’ extremities is supported by a natural garden slope, whereas the other one is suspended, thus allowing to create an outdoors parking lot under the building.

FACOL by Ana Coelho Arquitectura - Sheet3
©João Morgado

The interior distribution of space is organized from a central entry hall, which also connects to the factory volume (horizontally) and the ground level (vertically). The reception area connects with a corridor with openings to the vertical garden, which gives access to all the administrative offices.

FACOL by Ana Coelho Arquitectura - Sheet4
©João Morgado

All the offices are oriented South, profiting from controlled sunlight exposure and views to the surrounding landscape.

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The interior design was conceived as a natural extension of the architecture, maximizing the outcome with a minimum of resources.


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Ana Coelho is an architect (FAUP, 2008), master in Sustainable Construction and Rehabilitation/Conservation and Rehabilitation of Buildings (UM, 2012).

The team is committed to the development of cross-cut projects, from real-state advice, licensing, details project, supervision of construction works and interior design.


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