Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre

Portugal . Portalegre . Portugal

Detalles del proyecto

Tipo: Edificación, obra nueva
Superficie construida (m2): 12.914

Ribeira Grande, Azores

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Photography: José Campos Quiet Variation/Continuity strategies The Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre seeks to unite the different scales and times of its parts. It is a transdisciplinary project whose mission is to disseminate, create and produce emerging culture: a space of exchange and interface for people, knowledge and events. The design of Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre – maintains the industrial character of the whole and highlights the dialogue between an existing building (former factory of alcohol / tobacco) and the new construction (arts and culture center, storage facilities, multipurpose hall / performing arts, laboratories, artist studios). The Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre acquires its identity by the quiet variation between the preexistence and the two new buildings. The containment strategy of facilities implementation enhances the spatial efficiency and hierarchical functionality of the different areas of the existing factory complex. The new buildings absorb the required functionalities, with special conditions, not compatible with the spatiality of preexisting buildings. The project of the Arquipélago does not exaggerate the differences between the old and the new buildings. On the contrary, it seeks to unite the different scales and times of its parts throughout a pictorial manipulation of the form and materiality of the buildings - the existing constructions are marked by the volcanic stone masonry and the new buildings are characterized by an abstract form, without reference or allusion to any language, built in concrete with local basalt inert continuously working with the variation of surfaces’ textures and rugosity, complementing the mass of the buildings with the emptiness of the patios. The design is committed to the quality of what exists, showing the typological variations - new buildings are placed next to the existing ones in a serene manner – underlining the architectonical memory of a given period and the new addition, without damaging or subverting the spatial and constructive structures of the whole. Context and contiguity contribute to the autonomy of the object. The new program reinvents the existent building, making it a meaningful space in a peripheral region in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre adds meaning to the social and cultural context where it is built. A new Public Space is materialized in a central square/pateo where art feels comfortable and blurs the frontiers between private and public spheres, leisure and work, art and life. The aspects of the sustainable performance of the buildings were addressed through its materiality (structures, infra-structures) and the absorption of the existing handcrafted knowledge enriched by its timeless way of building. The sustainable measures adopted are passive systems that seek to provide comfort for the users: the density of the concrete walls offer inertia and energy efficiency; the rain water is reused.

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publicado el 06/03/2015

Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre . Portugal . Portalegre . Portugal
Competition: 2007 (1st prize)
Project: 2007-2010
Construction: 2011- 2014
Client: Regional Directorate of Culture (DRaC) of the Regional Government of the Azores
Location: Ribeira Grande, São Miguel, Azores, Portugal
Area: 12.914 m² (9.736 m² buildings + 3.178 m² exterior arrangement)

Architects: Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, Lda., João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto Lda.
Authors: Francisco Vieira de Campos, Cristina Guedes, João Mendes Ribeiro
Project Managers: Adalgisa Lopes, Jorge Teixeira Dias, Inês Mesquita, Filipe Catarino
Project Team (Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, Lda.): Cristina Maximino, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Ana Leite Fernandes, Mariana Sendas, Pedro Costa, Inês Ferreira, João Fernandes
Project Team (João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto, Lda.): Catarina Fortuna, Ana Cerqueira, Ana Rita Martins, António Ferreira da Silva, Cláudia Santos, Joana Figueiredo, João Branco
Image post-production/Competition: Diogo Laje, Óscar Ribas, Ricardo Cardoso (Estúdio Goma)

Structural Engineer: Hipólito Sousa, Jerónimo Botelho, Pedro Pinto (SOPSEC,SA)
Hydraulic Installations: Diogo Leite, Filipe Freitas, Jorge Rocha (SOPSEC,SA)
Electrical Installations: Raul Serafim, Hélder Ferreira (Raul Serafim & Associados, Lda)
Security Measures and Fire Consulting: Maria da Luz Santiago (Raul Serafim & Associados, Lda)
Mechanical Installations: Raul Bessa, Ricardo Carreto (GET, Lda.)
Gas Installations: José Pinto (SOPSEC,SA)

Specialist / Consulting
Programming consulting: Elisa Babo (Quaternaire), Miguel Von Haff Pérez, Marta Almeida
Conservation and Restoration Consulting: Gabriella Casella (Cariátides)
Acoustic consulting: Rui Calejo, Eduarda Silva, Filomena Macedo (SOPSEC,SA)
Thermal consulting: André Apolinário (SOPSEC,SA)
Stage Mechanics Consulting: João Aidos
Landscaping: Ana Barroco, Rui Figueiredo (Quaternaire)

Constructor: Consórcio Somague, Marques S.A. e Tecnovia.
Supervising: Pedro Câmara (Eng. Tavares Vieira, Lda.)

Models: Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, Lda.
Photography: José Campos

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