Art and Archeological Museum / CVDB Arquitectos

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The Art and Archeological Museum in , Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos is an entry for an International Public Competition hosted by the Portuguese Archeological Institute. The project is located on a relatively secluded landscape and creates a establishes a strong connection between the natural and built forms on the site.

More on this project after the break.

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The project celebrates the territory character through a strong relation between landscape and built elements. The building is sited near the slope highest point.

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The Museum is a large stone body that inhabits the site as it projects itself above the landscape. The patio is the core of the museum, the public space where the spaces are intertwined as the architecture opens itself towards the landscape.

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At night, the weightlessness of the raised massive body is suspended by the light that comes from within the building glazed façade. It gives the illusion of the museum being the only entity on the landscape.

Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
Location: Vale do CoaPortugal
International Public Competition: 2nd Prize
Client: Portuguese Archaeological Institute
Construction Area: 6,000 sqm
Estimated construction cost: 15,000,000 euros

Cite: Vinnitskaya, Irina. "Art and Archeological Museum / CVDB Arquitectos" 15 May 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
  • Anna

    This is old as sh*t! So old the winning proposal has already been built. lol

    • Edita

      Can you show me the project who won this competition? Thanks in advance :)

  • Agung Suryono

    let me see from a different perspective, the functional organization plan lead to a outer rigid building shape, but if we look around the existing site, it is formed from exotic curved lines ….
    why not make the outer building shape design which can align with the exotic line curves from height level differences of land, so as to create harmony between building and existing site

    • mo

      I don’t think it needs to be quite so literal in how it relates, i think it sits nicely. Unless you want a building which is a pastiche of the landscape and that’s definitely not what Portuguese architecture is about.