A sloped site located in southern Portugal, filled with green and home to several historical vestiges, the brief called for a contemporary interpretation of a monastery. Using the topography, the projects embeds a volume into the landscape, crafted out of white-painted concrete, creating a strong contrast. The volume is then sculpted to conform with the requirements.
Arches and courtyards are used to create various spaces, from private to public. Public and private courtyards, private rooms, a community hall and a meditation space result from this intersection between the concrete volume and the openings.
Water and greenery are then used to paint the open spaces, while the arches frame the view. Entering through an open staircase, the visitor is greeted by the framed perspective of nature.