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Rehabilitation of the "Jesus Convent"

Setúbal, Portugal


Câmara Municipal de Setúbal


jlcg arquitectos, Lda


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The Church and the Convent of Jesus were created in 1490 and represent one of the first cornerstones of renovation in the national arts, better known in historical terms as the Manuel in style. The monuments advanced state of disrepair and degradation led, ten years ago, to a restoration project for the Convent.

The structural restoration of the Convent of Jesus has taken as a major objective the use of materials and methods practiced at the time the convent was built, and whenever possible or feasible the use of structural systems conforming with current ones, even when new materials were being used. Taking this objective into consideration it was decided to use wood as a predominant structural element.

The global stability of the building had to be established, reducing possible horizontal stress due to seismologic activity and improving the floor functioning as diaphragms. Taking wood as the predominant structural element, we took away all metallic components from the resistant masonry walls, which led to the replacement of the reinforced concrete structure by one made of wood, (lighter) which could not induce horizontal stress or reduce it, and at the same time, being capable of maintaining the wall joining in order to remove the architraves.

The convent restoration will enable the Setúbal Museum to reoccupy it, in the monumental area of the Convent of Jesus, which it had already occupied until forty years ago. Thus, the Museum of the Convent of Jesus with its invaluable art collections shall be lodged again in a very important monument, not only as a museum of the history of the city but, mainly as a museum of art and history, interested in stressing the relationship the building it now occupies has maintained with the community for more than five hundred years.


Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
Rehabilitation of the Jesus Convent
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