The Páteo das Maias

Páteo das Maias is part of an existing building in Cova da Piety that functioned as a residence for workers at the height of the activity cova da Piedade. Adjusting the concept to the 21st century, Metathesis created the first residential mini loft building in Almada to medium-short-term leases.

It is a residential block composed of 8 lofts, designed with modern features, endowed with all the necessary equipment and comfort to accommodate a person or a couple. The lofts have a bathroom, kitchen, living room and bedroom on mezzanine and storage space in only 15 m2 or 18 m2.

Designed for an urban lifestyle, these modern apartments are located just 10 minutes from the centre of Lisbon, using the surface metro (which is only a 1-minute walk away), bus or boat. The proximity of the university center of Almada, leisure areas such as the Peace Park (2 mins walk) or the new Mercado da Romeira (3 mins walk) as well as the beaches of the Costa da Caparica are another attraction of these friendly lofts. Lofts are ideal for students or teachers who are displaced.

Prices, starting at 400€, include internet, electricity, water and a cleaning service, with the possibility of having access to crockery, bed linen and towels.

Technological innovation in construction

Technological innovation is fundamental in all sectors of activity and also in the construction sector. It is common knowledge that the construction sector represents about 4.5% for national GDP. Real estate contributes to national GDP 12.6% (2019 data, Fonte Pordata).

But those who work in these two sectors (real estate and construction) know that, despite their importance to the national economy, the construction sector remains very late when it comes to the adoption of new technologies.

Indeed, according to consultant McKinsey in the United States, construction is the second worst sector in relation to digitization and innovation. It loses only to agriculture and hunting.

The sector is lagging behind both the training of workers and used equipment. And it is obsolete also with regard to various equipment and resources. However, there is in the market technology capable of changing this picture and creating disruption in the sector.

As such, it is necessary to create construtechs (construction startups) to develop technological solutions for the different phases of the value chain in civil construction. Whether in the planning, project development and even in the management of the property or its commercialization, innovation should take place.

Innovation not only in production technology but also in the technical training of professionals.

In fact, the sector is known as traditional, however it needs to evolve. It has to evolve to meet the expectations of current buyers. Real estate developers are grappling with ever-increasing construction costs. Technology should also contribute to reducing these costs. But not only: making the properties of the future be more ecofriendly and that the construction sector cause the least possible impact to our planet should be the focus of technology.

Marketing Invest 2020

Had on March 5, in the auditorium of the Piaget Institute, Marketing Invest, an annual event that aims to respond to the current problems that are every day to sme managers.

Isabel Dias Rodrigues, CEO Metathesis, one of the companies that are part of the organization of this event
Isabel Dias Rodrigues, CEO Metathesis, one of the companies that are part of the organization of this event

The problem debated this year by the organization, of which Metathesis proudly part of it, was the Impact of Climate Change on Enterprise, perspective of a panel of speakers that featured experts from a variety of areas, from management to physics.

The Piaget Institute was, another year, the stage of an event that refilled
The Piaget Institute was, another year, the stage of an event that refilled

If you missed this year's session, we count on you in 2021, in a growing event, and promises to always exceed the expectations of managers and employees of SME's.

Speakers Board:

  • Invest Marketing Team
  • João Geraldes – Coordinator of the Piaget Management Degree
  • Mário J. Pinheiro – Department of Physics, Instituto Superior Técnico
  • Teresa Dias – AIP/EEN
  • Jacqueline Silva – Faculty of Science and Technology – UNL
  • José Rui Gomes – University of Minho
  • Liliana Louro – ex. Bureau Veritas

Gestos de sustentabilidade

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O combate às alterações climáticas começa com pequenos gestos de sustentabilidade

A sustentabilidade está na ordem do dia e ainda bem. Dos Baby Boomers à Generation Z todos aceitam que temos de reduzir o impacto que cada um de nós causa ao planeta.

Hoje é mais ou menos unânime a necessidade de todos os seres humanos, famílias e entidades, sejam elas um organismo público ou uma entidade privada, minimizarem os danos causados pela sua passagem neste nosso planeta azul. De facto, se continuarmos a consumir como consumimos, gastar como gastamos e desperdiçar como desperdiçamos, precisaremos de vários planetas iguais ao nosso para produzir os bens do nosso consumismo. A única saída possível é então a sustentabilidade das nossas ações.

Muitas são as organizações e entidades, que influenciadas pelos Objetivos de Sustentabilidade propostos pela ONU, têm vindo a mudar muitas práticas.

Ainda assim, a Metathesis, como pequena empresa que é, podia cair na tentação de muitos dizendo que o nosso impacto é tão reduzido que nada seria necessário fazer deixando esse ónus para as grandes instituições Multinacionais.

Ao invés, assumimos a nossa quota parte de responsabilidade e decidimos mudar o que é possível mudar. Fazemos assim jus aos nossos valores.

Como pequenos detalhes tornam a Metathesis mais sustentável

Na nossa consciência ambiental, orgulhamo-nos de trazer para o centro da cidade jovens casais. Estes irão deslocar-se de transportes públicos, maioritariamente, uma vez que os nossos imóveis se encontram em zonas urbanas consolidadas próximas de transportes. Ao reabilitar imóveis degradados, embora tenhamos consciência do impacto que causamos por via dos entulhos. Todavia estes resíduos são valorizados porque são recolhidos por entidades credenciadas para o fazer. Simultâneamente temos protocolos de colaboração com ONG´s para recolha dos monos. Posteriormente estes são entregues a quem os pode aproveitar.

Por outro lado o papel usado é entregue a uma instituição de caridade que o vende a um organismo que faz a sua reciclagem. Esses fundos são revertidos para causas sociais.

No nosso escritório separa-se o lixo e não se usam garrafas de plástico nem nas reuniões.

Evitamos imprimir o que não é absolutamente necessário e todo o mobiliário do nosso escritório é usado e recuperado.

Ainda que sejam pequenos gestos, de facto, é contudo o início da nossa caminhada.

Rehabilitate or Renovate

In recent years there have been numerous real estate rehabilitation projects that have appeared widely from north to south of the country especially in the centre of cities.

The majority of these rehabilitation projects are praiseworthy.

 I said “the majority” because unfortunately numerous owners either private or corporate, often carry out alleged “rehabilitation” operations when in reality what they do is just a “face wash” of the property, leaving it with a beautiful exterior but with the same structure, and, in reality the building cannot offer safe conditions for their future residents because structurally it might not have been subjected to any profound rehabilitation.

An example of that unhappy reality is the frequent use of materials and equipment with specifications, weight and size that are incompatible with the already weak structure of the building which can make this property a true time bomb.

In fact, to talk about rehabilitation seriously is to make a systematic, structural and thorough analysis of the building and to consider either the rehabilitation or a renovation operation that should, in case that building does not offer security conditions, go through its demolition and new construction.

Managing the real estate of a city, with dignity, doesn’t always require rehabilitation. With the real estate pressure of the 1980s, cities underwent major changes and many of the real estate operations were true attacks on the city.

Rehabilitating these buildings may be more detrimental to the city than taking advantage of the buildings’ lifespan to end their demolition and making them more sustainable buildings from the point of view of the materials used and from the point of view of energy management.

To renew the city is to think of the people.

Managing the city space is creating conditions to receive families with dignity.

Therefore, we should not, blindly and at all costs, opt for rehabilitation but make a real balancing exercise between rehabilitation and renewal.

Rehabilitating or renewing should not be enemies but go hand in hand like two sisters walking side by side with one common goal: to welcome families who work in the city, stroll in the city, shop in the city, have fun in the city and can return at the end of the day to their safe, efficient and comfortable dwellings.

At Metathesis, every project is considered to have a correct assessment and choice between rehabilitation of the building or, on the contrary, to undertake a property renovation operation because this is believed to be the obligation of a responsible real estate developer.