Study Center / ProtoConcept

© Fernando Gaspar
© Fernando Gaspar

Architects: ProtoConcept
Location: Fontelo’s Park, Viseu,
Client: Viseu City Council
Project team: Fernando Gaspar, Hugo Carvalho, Ricardo Henriques, José Ferreira, Frederico Neves
Structural Engineering: Alexandra Vieira
Electrical, Lighting & Plumbing Engineering: Oscar Sarabando, Cristina Santos
General Contractor: ProtoConcept
Project year: 2006
Photographs: Fernando Gaspar

© Fernando Gaspar © Fernando Gaspar © Fernando Gaspar © Fernando Gaspar

The transparency of the building the construction material used, establishes a pacific dialog with the surrounding natural environment without compromising the purpose of urban planning, in relation to the end of the road. The implantation of the building is done without damaging existing tree species.

floor plan
floor plan
© Fernando Gaspar
© Fernando Gaspar

The interior special organization took into account a more effective relation with the immediate surroundings, and predicted that the circulation would be made from the most public / noisy area to the calmer /study area. The interior volume that distributes the compartments releases the structural geometry of the building, emphasizing the idea of container and contained object.

Cite: "Study Center / ProtoConcept" 10 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 24 May 2015. <>
  • Tee

    The building looks all in all, very stiff and inflexible.
    No particularities nor great creativity in design.

    A functional building.

  • Tee

    Something more to add:

    Even den Plastic Chairs are fake.

  • tuankt14b6

    nhin don gjan nhung laj chua nhjeu ve dep

  • leogar

    It was built as a study center and it looks like a nice place to study. Lots of light and no “look at me” architecture to distract. ProtoConcept FtW!!

  • MiKe Mecanics

    Que coisa tão feia

  • Thomas Washington

    This is a really nice design. I love the use and expression of the natural wood structure.