Tiago Do Vale took on the admirable task of restoring two maize granaries as examples for disappearing Portuguese vernacular architecture:
Its roots are humble, though unexpectedly pragmatic, creative and sophisticated in their design and solutions: a precious little jewel of vernacular Minho architecture.
Originally built in the late XIX century, its starting point were two traditional northern Portugal maize granaries standing over granite bases. A common roof united them under which there was a dovecote. Finally, the space between the two granaries was used to dry cereals, with two huge basculating panels controlling the ventilation.
Built by the late XIX century, with no current use and no apparent potential for transformation, these constructions are silently disappearing. Victims of their frail materiality and of a lack of recognition of their cultural and patrimonial significance, not valuable enough for systematic study or documentation, once they are gone they never existed. This exercise aims to show that these constructions can produce very high-quality spacial experiences while maintaining an important built document of vernacular architecture, making them pertinent even after their agricultural use passes.
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