Restoration and Renovation of São Miguel de Refojos Monastery

Best Implemented Restoration / Reconstruction Project

About the project
The construction of the São Miguel de Refojos Monastery began in 1755, where a 17th century church already existed. It is now partially occupied by the Cabeceiras de Basto Municipality, who safeguard and promote this remarkable property.
The main concern of the project focused on the architectural and heritage value of the complex, seeking a solution that would reflect the context of contemporaneity in which it was thought of, highlighting itself from the existent, and making itself legible from the original construction.
The project required the installation of a public service facility (SAU) on the ground floor of the west wing, the restoration of the east wing and church’s roofs, which included a review of the entire wood structure, treatment and painting of the external facades, as well as the restoration or replacement of the original window frames and doors. The renovation of the library is currently underway, having had structural restoration of ceilings and cabinets.

Praça da República 19, 4860-355 Cabeceiras de Basto, Portugal

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Applicant and authors of the project
Paulo Freitas e Maria João Marques Arquitectos.
Paulo Freitas and Maria João Marques have worked together since 1999. In 2009, Paulo Freitas e Maria João Marques Arquitectos, Lda. was launched, developing projects in the areas of restoration, renovation and enhancement of the Portuguese architectural heritage. They also create exhibition and editorial projects, and architectural surveys of heritage buildings. Their work has been awarded and published in Portugal, France and the United States of America.

Other participants
Property Owner / Municipality of Cabeceiras de Basto
Contractor / AOF – António Oliveira Fernandes & Filhos, Lda.
Diagnosis and Church Structures / Universidade do Minho
Structural Engineering / POLIEDRO – Centro de Projectos de Construção, Lda.
Hydraulics / Prof. Eng.º Vasco Peixoto de Freitas, Lda.
Thermal Behaviour / GM Engenharia Lda.
Electrical Installation and Telecommunications Infrastructure / Speed Of Light
Restoration Team / Oficinas Santa Bárbara
Photo Credits / Inês d’Orey