Machine-like cultural centre completed in Portugal

Machine-like cultural centre completed in Portugal

Portugal, reminiscent of an industrialised machine.

The three-storey building is the final addition to the stretch of land between the Limia River and a new tree-lined public square.

The upper walls of the building are clad with immense aliminium pipes and services, referencing the nautical aesthetic of the Navio Hospital Gil Eannes, a ship from the 50s anchored nearby and now used as a museum. The recessed ground-floor elevations are glazed to allow views through to the river.

Centred around a large multipurpose hall, the plan of the building allows for sports, music, performances, talks and other such events to take place in that space.

Under construction for the past five years, the two original construction firms suffered bankruptcy and funding and had to be subsidised by the local authority.

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