Mission

Readapting Architecture to human Biology, through our creative philosophy US IS MORE.

Us is more


Highly motivated by our personal motto US IS MORE, our main concern is to create spaces that give people the right stimuli, positively influencing their homeostatic levels. The speed imposed in the last one hundred and fifty years has taken us away from our natural speed of evolution. We can no longer ignore the fact that we live trapped in bodies that are not prepared for this new, ever-increasing, architecture-dominated reality. As such, and as creators of this new world, we have an obligation to adapt the outer space to our bodies, and not the other way around. To this end, in our office we focus on the knowledge of the human body, mainly on the response of the human brain to external stimuli. Supported by scientific rigor we develop our projects as centers of positive manipulation of the brain.

Creative method

Developing a project is actually solving a problem. Because we are cultural beings, we have pre-defined ideas about everything, all of them structured by others before us. The only way to create new concepts is to deconstruct the old ones, to take the parts we recognize as valuable, and discard the parts we disregard, connecting them to our own logic. In 1637 Descartes wrote in the "Discourse of Method" a methodology for reasoning, which in our view is still the best way to reach the truth.
The method consists of four fundamental steps:

  • Never accept something as real without analyzing it deeply.

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  • Divide a problem into as many parts as possible.

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  • Solve each of these parts, starting with the simplest to the most complex.

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  • Always make general reviews to ensure that nothing has been omitted.

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And that is what we do. Regardless of the size of the project, we always use the same strategy.
We analyze identical types, deconstruct them, and reconstruct them in our own way.
We do this because we realize that the basic structure of this method is similar to the structure of how the reasoning process takes place in our brain.
All ideas and concepts are structured by a series of ideas or concepts, and each of these ideas are made up of as many other concepts.
Take the example of a tree. If you try to describe it, you will start by defining the shape and constituent parts such as the leaves trunk roots etc. These are the concepts with which the mind puts together
the general concept/idea of tree.
Now, if I ask you to define a leaf, one of the constituent parts of your concept of a tree, you will use the same strategy again. This can continue indefinitely.
So by using the Cartesian method you are dismantling an overall concept into small parts.

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Our Team

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PAULO MERLINI

PAULO MERLINI

Licenciado em arquitetura em 2006 pela FAULP. Desde crianca que adora desenhar e sonhava um dia ser ilustrador, até se apaixonar pela complexidade da arquitetura. No último ano do curso, a viver em Florença, e com um atlas de arquitetura debaixo do braço, viajou por toda a Europa para aprender in loco com centenas de obras de arquitetura de referencia.
Ávido consumidor de informacao, fascina-o a complexidade e a simplicidade das ideias eternas.
Acredita no poder do individual sobre o coletivo, e de que como potenciais embaixadores do nosso país todos devemos ambicionar a excelência. 

ANDRÉ SANTOS SILVA

ANDRÉ SANTOS SILVA

Licenciado em Arquitetura em 2010 pela FAULP, teve um percurso escolar bastante inusitado.  Sempre conectado às Ciências e à Biologia, recorda como lhe despertava a curiosidade, irrequieta, de entender como o mundo funcionava. A dada altura surge a transição para a Arquitetura através de um processo natural, que enriqueceu a orgânica do seu processo criativo. Faz-se nutrir do impacto que a arquitetura gera na sociedade e no legado para gerações futuras, com a vontade de viver, para sempre, através das suas obras na certeza irrefutável, de que nem o tempo será capaz de as silenciar.

ANDRÉ SANTOS SILVA

Team

Inês Ferreira Silva, Maria Tavares, Ana Rita Pinho, Rita Gandra, Vera Pereira, Mariana Rodrigues, João Ramos, Ruben Calado, Sofia Ferreira, Manuel Pereira, Francisco Melo 

Team

Inês Ferreira Silva, Maria Tavares, Ana Rita Pinho, Rita Gandra, Vera Pereira, Mariana Rodrigues, João Ramos, Ruben Calado, Sofia Ferreira, Manuel Pereira, Francisco Melo 

Office

Office

Our office in Porto covers more than 250 m2 where several meeting, work, leisure, inspiration and creative spaces, as well as outdoor areas, can be revealed in an integrated experience with a team of more than 10 people with skills to welcome national and international clients.

In the need to respond to new challenges, we already have a new unit of our organization in Lisbon.

Awards & Nominations

  • 2021

    Nomeados para o Prémio ArchDaily Building of the Year '21 com o projeto CASA RIO

    Nomeados para o Prémio ArchDaily Building of the Year '21 com o projeto BARRIL

    Nomeados para o Prémio Obra do Ano ArchDaily Brasil '21 com o projeto Clínica PCV & ITL

  • 2020

    1º Lugar no Prémio LUXURY LIFESTYLE AWARDS '20 com o projeto CASA DO PASSADIÇO

    Mensão Honrosa no Prémio LOOP DESIGN AWARDS '20 com o projeto CASA RIO

  • 2019

    Nomeados para o Prémio ODA'19 com o projeto LMR CLINIC

    Nomeados para o prémio ODA'19 com o projeto MOUZINHO 85

  • 2018

    Finalistas no Prémio Archdaily Building of the Year '18 com o projeto MR&MRS WHITE STORE

    Mensão Honrosa no Prémio Architizer A+Awards '18 com o projeto CLÍNICA LMR

  • 2017

    Nomeados para o Prémio ODA'17 com o projeto MR&MRS WHITE STORE

  • 2016

    Finalistas no Prémio Architizer A+Awards com o projeto BASHO SUSHI HOUSE

  • 2014

    Finalistas no Prémio Archdaily Building of the Year '14 com o projeto BAKERY

    Nomeados para o Prémio Archdaily Building of the Year '14 com o projeto CLÍNICA VENDA NOVA

    Mensão Honrosa na Bienal Internacional de Diseño '14 com o projeto BAKERY

  • 2007

    1º Prémio na Competição Internacional da extensão de Biblioteca/Facoltá di Architetura di Firenze