PARALELO ZERO (zero parallel) is the term used for the imaginary line which divides the North Pole from the South Pole, also called equator line.
It’s also the name of our Architecture firm, founded in 2013, whose practice is centred around projects and research on the Portuguese colonial heritage in São Tomé and Príncipe, along the equator line.
Our team have published several books and texts on the subject, including As Roças de São Tomé e Príncipe (2013) and BIJAGÓS: Património Arquitectónico (2016), both published by Tinta-da-china. Throughout the years, we have developed projects of various scales and programmes, from restoration to rehabilitation, buildings constructed from scratch or offices, including some of the most renowned Portuguese tech companies.
PRINCIPLES AND GOALS
Our firm seeks to respond soundly and consistently to the challenges it is presented with. We focus particularly on detail drawings and solid building materials, we strive to find compromises that suit all of the project’s circumstances, always guaranteeing architectural distinction and dignity. We analyse the programme’s specificities and market constraints, offering proposals with building longevity and low-maintenance costs. Transparency and trust are at the heart of our success, both in terms of skills and the relationships between everyone involved in the process, from clients, to partners and suppliers.