«Azulejo» Museum

Associação de Coleções

Estremoz - Portugal


Work done:
Rehabilitation Works

Building area:
2.850 m2

14 months

Intervention area:

The work consists of the reconstruction of a "pre-Pombalino" building, with characteristics of a palace from the XVI century (Palace of the Henriques/Torch Palace), probably built at the beginning of the 18th century. For its characteristics is classified as “municipal and public interest of built and landscape heritage”.

The rehabilitation to be carried out with the goal to use it as “Museu Berardo Estremoz” maintains essentially the layout of the main volume.

The alterations to be carried out respect and safeguard the architectural and decorative elements considered of cultural and historical-patrimonial value, namely the Azulejaria and the Wall Paintings in ceilings.

This building is characterized by its rooms and corridors covered by tiles from the 17th century. With three floors above ground, the ground floor is intended for the reception but also has exhibition rooms, sanitary facilities, storage and technical areas. The first floor considered the most magnificent floor of the building has exhibition rooms and storage areas. On the top floor are the offices, meeting rooms, computer room and a small kitchen.

The roof covers are all new and with the original layout and appearance. The façades are rehabilitated and the masonry treated and cleaned with usual techniques for these materials.

The museum will feature several private collections of the businessman and art collector José Berardo, in addition to the approximately 1.500 panels of tiles, from the XV century to the present.

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