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Bluetube Bar / DOSE

  • Architects: DOSE
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Architect: DOSE
  • Project Team: António Martins, Carlos Foyedo, Luís Grilo.
  • Client: Ae FAUP
  • Area: 9.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: DOSE + Carlos Trancoso

© DOSE + Carlos Trancoso © DOSE + Carlos Trancoso © DOSE + Carlos Trancoso © DOSE + Carlos Trancoso

From the architect. The BLUETUBE BAR presents the TUBE-IT system as a feasible and flexible low-cost constructive resource. This system is based on the assembly of “corrugated tube” and “plastic clamps” and it has recently been tested in the construction of a temporary bar for the annual academic festival in Porto - .

© DOSE + Carlos Trancoso
© DOSE + Carlos Trancoso

Horizontally, the given intervention area was limited to a 3x3m square, whilst vertically the construction should not exceed 5m high. Constrained by the restricted budget, the requested functional device / building should nonetheless emphasize, by its materiality, an outstanding alluring outcome.

© DOSE + Carlos Trancoso
© DOSE + Carlos Trancoso

When applying the TUBE-IT system, the chosen main material - corrugated tube - is rolled up around a given existing structure in a helicoid manner. In addition to its structural purpose - i. e. to attach the different tube layers to each other as well as to the structure itself - the plastic clamps enhance the desired visual impact of the whole. This kind of tube, usually used in construction with an infrastructural role, becomes the design’s primary element.

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Conceptually such an approach departs from a system of modular repetition and explores the continuity of a single element. The building process - managed “in situ” – stressed out and demonstrated both feasibility and versatility of the developed system, reinforcing at the same time the idea that it may just as well be capable of hosting a diversity of other spatial and constructive challenges.

© DOSE + Carlos Trancoso
© DOSE + Carlos Trancoso
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