Aurora Arquitectos

Sofia Couto and Sérgio Antunes

About Aurora Arquitectos

Founded in 2010 by Sofia Couto and Sérgio Antunes, the studio Aurora Arquitectos was the natural consequence of the work developed in the previous years. The journey began during the academic period, growing stronger with the professional experience with the Kaputt! collective.

Currently with a team broadened to other elements, the studio works on projects of a variety of scales, from small houses to multi-family residential buildings, as well as cultural facilities. Recently, the most developed theme is urban regeneration, which is the focus of the studio’s specialisation and research.

In its approach, it is particularly important the reaction to the site, what to do with the existing construction’s space and elements (sometimes, centuries old). The challenge is, therefore, to interpret, scrutinize, copy, distort and even ironize those raw materials, giving them back to the site in a new and unexpecting way.

Each case is overseen in an attentive and custom way, as to look for a distinct solution, that makes each project a singular experience. Considering the unravelled limitations (legal, budget, design brief or construction site constraints), the efforts go into unfolding the project’s key moments, the same moments that result into the built space, providing meaning to all the rest.

Sérgio Antunes (Lisbon, 1977) Architect by the Lusíada University in Lisbon and by the Universitá della Svizzera Italiana- Accademia di Architettura, Mendrizio (2003). Worked in Helena Botelho’s studio between 2001 and 2004. Was one of the founders of the collective Kaputt! in 2003, taking part and coordinating several projects including architecture, product design, graphic design and installation. In 2010, together with Luca Martinucci, founds the colective 18:25 Empreiteiros Digitais, a laboratory dedicated to architectural imagery. Still in 2010 founds Aurora Arquitectos together with Sofia Couto. He has been the spokesman of these organizations, representing them in conferences, seminars and workshops. His works have been published and part of several national and international exhibitions and publications.

Sofia Reis Couto (Porto, 1980) Architect by the Lusíada University in Lisbon. Worked in Helena Botelho’s studio between 2001 and 2004. Was one of the founders of the collective Kaputt! in 2003, taking part and coordinating several projects including architecture, product design, graphic design and installation. In 2010 founds Aurora Arquitectos together with Sérgio Antunes. She has been the spokesman of these organizations, representing them in conferences, seminars and workshops. Her works have been published and part of several national and international exhibitions and publications.

LOCATION: Lisbon, Portugal
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