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    — Profile

    More than just a service provider in the field of Architecture, Engineering and Design, CNLL®, is a company with the firm identity based on the paragons of Creation, Invention and Satisfaction.

    Led by Nuno Lacerda Lopes, a professor and avid researcher in the fields of Architecture, Design and Innovation, CNLL® assumes and mirrors his concepts, methodologies, quality criterion, and personal vision of architecture, which places the Man as the pivotal figure within a constructive space, in a surrounding that appeals to the senses and is a conduit to experimentation.

    From thoughts to feelings, CNLL®’s Architecture distinguishes itself by designing spaces that interact with people and most of all with their senses, creating moods to suit emotions.

    Therefore, our projects are unique and distinctive, never expressing repetitive formulas, because people, desires, places, and the objectives of each project and of each client are, as we are… unique and different.

    CNLL Profile

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    — About

    The CNLL architects is a company with over 30 years of experience, founded in 1989 by Nuno Lacerda Lopes, based in Espinho, Portugal. The practice has since expanded to other regions, operating from Porto (Portugal), Angola, Singapure, Brazil and South Africa.

    Our staff has a wide experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams on projects in Portugal and abroad and is composed by several architects working together with engineers and a support staff, including 3D visualization artists, model makers, landscape specialists, administrative and secretarial staff. 

    As experts in diverse areas, we provide full architectural design services and consultancy services during the construction phase, allowing us to be involved in the projects from start to finish. Our design expertise involves not only architectural services, but also includes interior design, urban planning, landscape design, facade design & engineering, computational design & BIM, branding, graphic design and consulting services.

    CNLL architects has successfully undertaken and completed over 200 projects around the world.

    Nuno Lacerda and CNLL architects works have been exhibited in many cities worldwide, including Singapore in 2013.

     

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    — Method

    CNLL’s method is based on a multidisciplinary way of thinking and working, embed in our core principles and values. We like to combine the knowloge and the know-how we acquired over the 30 years of practice but, most of all, we like to include a big portion of generosity and love in our projects.

    Our customized methodology and way of developing projects has been consolidated over 30 years of practice, focusing on people, nature, human interaction, creativity and, somehow, a sense of unique sensuality. Those principles merge directly with our permanent desire to learn and apply new solutions and technologies, allowing us to simultaneously explore the handcraft design supported by hand drawings and the cutting edge digital technology.

     

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    Como base de trabalho para a criação e desenvolvimento de uma peça de desenho, seja ela qual for, parto sempre com o sentido da utilização e da vivência, do toque e do uso.

    Nuno Lacerda Lopes


    — Design to build

    Our emphasis at CNLL is to make sure, from the start, that every detail works perfectly. That is why we are always studying, researching and developing new ways of building and designing.

    For each project, hundreds of virtual simulations and analysis are made in CNLL, testing proposals and results. This technological approach is softly merged with the design thinking strategies and with hand drawing studies, which represents a singular modus operandi from our studio.

    At the same time, we are focused in developing the best construction details to suit both the building and the owner needs. Therefore, our strategy is always very practical, carefully defined and with major attention in terms of technical solutions.


    — Innovation and Creativity

    CNLL constantly pursuits new ways to improve materials, methods, systems and technology appliance. For us, every project has a different request and demands a customized strategy, which could challenge our creativity, solutions and individual goals.

    We are not driven by trends or ephemeral styles, but by quality, resistance and perpetuity. Each CNLL project has a singular identity, related with all the circumstances surrounding it. The main goal is to provide our friends/clients the quality and result they are expecting from us, designing buildings that could be architectural and urban references.  

    At the same time, we are focused in developing the best construction details to suit both the building and the owner needs. Therefore, our strategy is always very practical, carefully defined and with major attention in terms of technical solutions.


    — Technology

    In CNLL, we systematically explore the growing capacities of computerized technologies, of drawing techniques, of communication approaches and testing solutions.

    As we are founding members of the Agency of Development of Portuguese Creative Industries, in CNLL quality is a principle rooted in our core. Therefore, we always perform an analysis concerning the conformity of the adopted solutions, critically analyzed, and made compatible during the project’s elaboration and coordination process, in an ideal of continuous improvement and incentive to evolution: total control over new technologies is a resource we make available for the execution of our projects with the satisfaction and comfort for our “friends”.

     

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    — Human interaction

    We believe that human interaction influences the way we design, build and use spaces. We always try to align and share our ideas with our “friends’” aims, seeking for ambition, courage and, most of all, the harmony that fosters creativity and results. 

    The intervention of the multidisciplinary team that composes CNLL architects might assume diverse forms and solutions. Both the accumulated experience in this field, through hundreds of projects of all shapes and sizes, typologies and programs, scales and complexities, and the full attention which we have dedicated to quality and flexibility in devising solutions, explain the wide range of our offered services.

    CNLL are always looking for rich collaborations to push our thinking and design skills. Clients, users and stakeholders are essential to drive our design process and, frequently, produce unique and exciting solutions.

    Through our experience working on complex and customized projects worldwide, our project managers are used at negotiation with multiple headed institutions clients and stakeholders.


    The relationship between man and architecture develops far beyond the concepts of use or utensil which many users and architects use to describe, act or perceive the architectural spaces available.

    Nuno Lacerda Lopes


    — Sustainability

    We believe that human interaction influences the way we design, build and use spaces. We always try to align and share our ideas with our “friends’” aims, seeking for ambition, courage and, most of all, the harmony that fosters creativity and results. 

    The intervention of the multidisciplinary team that composes CNLL architects might assume diverse forms and solutions. Both the accumulated experience in this field, through hundreds of projects of all shapes and sizes, typologies and programs, scales and complexities, and the full attention which we have dedicated to quality and flexibility in devising solutions, explain the wide range of our offered services.

    CNLL are always looking for rich collaborations to push our thinking and design skills. Clients, users and stakeholders are essential to drive our design process and, frequently, produce unique and exciting solutions.

    Through our experience working on complex and customized projects worldwide, our project managers are used at negotiation with multiple headed institutions clients and stakeholders.

     

    > find more


    — Awards

    The amount of prizes we have been awarded with, nationally and internationally, in Architecture, Design, Engineering and Investigation & Development, for our creative solutions, adaquate and innovative, constitutes a branding image that makes us very proud and that, in a very particular way, has demonstrated the conceptual aligning possessed by CNLL®, as well as our ability to meet the demands, preoccupations and interests of society, offering, more than just a project, our intelligence, our will and our effort in finding solutions… for life!

    “Os prémios são apenas uma consequência natural do trabalho intenso de um arquitecto para quem o questionar as coisas é quase tão importante como respirar. É deste questionar contínuo e permanente que nascem as grandes obras”

    Valdemar Cruz

    2020

    O projeto Pyros Collection, um alerta para os fogos florestais, ganhou 6 medalhas de ouro e 2 de prata nos Prémios Lusófonos de Criatividade. (FCBLisboa/WWF)

    2019

    Primeiro prémio no concurso por convite “Projeto para o Parque Oceanus, com escola de 2º e 3º ciclos, complexo desportivo, health center, residência sénior, residência de estudantes, habitação/moradias, jardim botânico e parque urbano — Gaia

    Terceiro prémio no concurso de arquitectura para as Capelas Mortuárias de  Barrancos — Barrancos

    2018 

    Segundo prémio no Concurso Público para a Conceção do projecto geral de arquitectura para Cemitério de Ferreiras, Câmara Municipal de Albufeira.

    2017

    Terceiro prêmio no Concurso para o estudo Prévio de um Projeto Urbano “D. Luís da Boavista ”, Fundo de Investimento Imobiliário Sete Colinas promovido pela Essentia Desenvolvimento e Gestão de Projetos, para a recuperação de um edifício e construção de outro para habitação e comércio com pátio interno com área comercial e de lazer, em Lisboa.

    2016

    Finalista do Prémio Pedagógico de Excelência da Universidade do Porto, edição 2015/2016, com o projeto Construção 2.0 – novas e velhas matérias em sala de aula. Foi proposto pelo presidente do Conselho Pedagógico da FAUP, professor Rui Braz Afonso, para apresentar a candidatura no campo “Tecnologias digitais e novas formas de projetar arquitetura”.

    2014

    Primeiro prémio no concurso limitado de convites para aparthotel de residências sênior (instalação da unidade do grupo “Maison de Famille”), com nove pisos, seis dedicados à residência composta por 145 quartos e dois pisos dedicados a serviços e um piso dedicado ao lazer com uma área de construção de 13.500 m2, Propriedade Espírito Santo, Cabedelo, VN Gaia.

    Primeiro prémio no concurso limitado para o prédio dedicado a uma sala coletiva dedicada a uma sala de baixo custo para arrendamento, com três andares no subsolo e seis andares acima do solo, área de construção de 4.305 m2, Invesfundo III – Fundo Especial de Investimento Imobiliário Datado, antiga “Seca do Bacalhau”, DAG, Jardim Atlântico do Douro, Lote 7, VN Gaia.

    Primeiro prémio no concurso limitado por qualificação prévia para a conversão de um edifício de escritórios e oficinas, área de construção de 5.329 m2, John Neild & Associados, Ramalde, Porto.

    2012

    Escola Mouriz – Prémio Internacional de Arquitetura WA Awards 20 + 10 + X 11th Cycle, promovido pela Comunidade WA, cujo objetivo é destacar e publicar projetos notáveis ​​com potencial para inspirar questões interessantes sobre a arquitetura contemporânea.

    2007

    Menção Honrosa, no Concurso Público de Ideias para a Requalificação das Penhas Douradas, Câmara Municipal de Manteigas.

    Segunda Menção Honrosa no Concurso Público de Ideias para a Requalificação do Estaleiro do Ouro e Arredores, APDL, Porto.

    2006

    1º Prémio Concurso limitado por qualificação prévia nº 1/2005, para o Projeto de Arquitetura e Engenharia das Novas Instalações da Universidade Aberta do Seixal 1ª Fase, Universidade Aberta, Seixal.

    Primeiro prémio no concurso público / construção de projeto para edifício de apoio a desportos aquáticos na Marina do Freixo, Sport Club do Porto.

    2005

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitectura do Projecto de Remodelação e Reabilitação dos Banhos de S. Lourenço, Câmara Municipal de Carrazeda de Ansiães.

    Menção Honrosa do INH – Promoção Municipal do Empreendimento de 22 espaços, Quinta de Guetim.

    2003

    Terceiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitetura para o Projeto de Reforma do Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Elvas, Câmara Municipal de Elvas.

    2002

    Menção Honrosa, Concurso Público para Elaboração dos Projetos das Novas Instalações dos Serviços de Ciências Básicas da Faculdade de Medicina e da Faculdade de Ciências da Nutrição e Alimentação da Universidade do Porto.

    2001

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso para o Projeto de Reforma do Auditório Nacional Carlos Alberto, na área do Porto 2001, Capital Europeia da Cultura.

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitectura para a Elaboração do Plano Detalhado de S. Lourenço, Câmara Municipal de Carrazeda de Ansiães.

    Segundo Prémio da INH – Promoção Municipal do Empreendimento de 174 fogos, Quinta de Paramos.

    1998

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitetura do Centro Multimeios de Espinho, Câmara Municipal de Espinho.

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitetura para o Arranjo Urbano entre as ruas de Luís de Camões e Marechal Gomes da Costa, Câmara Municipal de Carrazeda de Ansiães.

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitetura para a Reabilitação da Fábrica Brandão Gomes FACE, Câmara Municipal de Espinho.

    1995

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitetura do Centro Espinho Multimeios, Câmara Municipal de Espinho.

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitetura para o Arranjo Urbano entre as ruas Luís de Camões e Marechal Gomes da Costa, Câmara Municipal de Carrazeda de Ansiães.

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso Público de Arquitetura para a Reabilitação da Fábrica Brandão Gomes FACE, Câmara Municipal de Espinho.

    1993

    Prémio de melhor cenografia atribuído pela Associação Portuguesa de Críticos de Teatro, com o espaço de palco “Mandragora”.

    1991

    Primeiro prémio do concurso público de design das novas cabines telefónicas da T.L.P.

    1988

    Primeiro Prémio no Concurso público de arquitectura Complejo B – Cine Teatro-Viseu.


    — Clients becoming friends

    A friendly company personality and culture, of open and continuous dialogue with our clients and the society we belong to allows us to advance with greater safety, and with the deep feeling of deserving all the trust and admiration we have been awarded.

    “Sou uma espécie de Nunodependente, cuidado, você pode-se tornar o próximo. Eu se fosse você largava agora mesmo este catálogo, antes que fique definitivamente encantado, e passe a questionar toda a decoração da sua casa. Os seus móveis não merecem ser comparados com os do Nuno. Como você não merece ser comparado com o Tom Cruise ou a Claudia Shiffer.”

    Edson Athayde


    — Contacts

    PORTO

    Rua do Campo Alegre, nº 800,
    4150-171 Porto, Portugal
    T. (+351) 227 314 633

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    ESPINHO

    Rua 62, nº 263,
    4500-366 Espinho, Portugal
    T. (+351) 227 347 599

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    Speak with us.
    cnll@cnll.pt

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    Student Resources

    Since we are all constantly learning, we would like to share our knowledge and help every student that comes our way. Usually we try to respond to all individual requests to help with school projects or career guidance.

    Meanwhile, we made available several projects from our portfolio for direct download – you can get them in each project page. Works are being constantly updated, so stay tuned!