Built in the first years of this century for a Macanese family the neo-romantic building was donated in 1994 to UNU for the installation of the Institute of Software.
Because of the shortage of floor area available in the old house, two modern wings were added on the east and north sides and connected to the existing building by corridors.
The old facades were preserved but the interior was totally demolished. A new concrete structure was built inside the old envelope allowing the creation of modern open office areas flooded with natural light and nice panoramic views.
The new architecture of the added wings with curtain walls and louver shades work as a background of the neo-romantic façades.
The fluidity of space and light and the relation with external gardens, together with the high-tech architectural language were the main issues of this project.