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Temporary Bar / Diogo Aguiar & Teresa Otto

  • 01:00 - 3 March, 2010
Temporary Bar / Diogo Aguiar & Teresa Otto
Temporary Bar / Diogo Aguiar & Teresa Otto, © Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar
© Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar

© Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar © Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar © Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar © Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar +16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Parque da Alfândega, 4440-452 Oporto, Portugal
  • Structure And Other Specialties

    Acústica F.E.S., Lda – Estruturas, Iluminação e Som, with the colaboration of students of AEFAUP.
  • Client

    Associação de Estudantes da Faculdade de Arquitectura (AEFAUP)
  • Area

    9.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. Year after year, the students of Oporto School of Architecture are invited to think on a temporary bar to represent their institution with the expected dignity, as an outstanding architectural object. The given implantation, the fast construction and the low budget are some of the premises which must be considered.

The proposed bar stands as an iconic cube of light, composed of modular parts. Taking advantage of the IKEA build-by-your-own world, the project is a parallelepiped made out of different depth storage boxes which give it the modular diversity on its textured skin. After winning the competition, some adjustments were done and the bar grew to 4,7 metre high, standing as a visual reference.

© Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar
© Sandra Neto & Diogo Aguiar

Built in one week with the help of students, it was completed one month after the jury announcement. A total of 420 boxes were first fixed on a wooden structure and then attached to the main metal structure, on site. A huge LED net was fixed behind the boxes, allowing the bar to dramatically change its appearance: by day a white abstract and closed volume; and by night a box of changing light following the DJ set.

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CO9 Cloud · December 21, 2011

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diego melly · September 17, 2011

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paniz pakshir · August 13, 2011

realy amazing idea well done

Yasemin Muduroglu · April 27, 2011

Hmph temporary

hamed hasan abi · April 11, 2011


Seattle Architects · March 31, 2011

Wow. That is a really amazing project. This would be wonderful for temporary structures at fairs and sporting events.

Jane Misun Shim · March 20, 2011
mike · March 10, 2011

your idea is quite remarkable, but you could have used much cheaper and bar space defining materials that can be reused again. A little glimpse of art work on the facade would add a tremendous visual effect together with the lighting. overall the creativity is cool!!!

Carla Almeida · February 21, 2011

Hello I'm journalist in the portuguese magazine Elite and I would like to ask you more information about this awards. I will need also high resolution images from this building. Thanks,

Outros Mercadus · February 16, 2011

Parabéns por mais um prémio atribuído a este fantástico trabalho!

Tiago · February 16, 2011

To sad that IKEA refused the sponsorship for this project. Actually very low budget project...

Congrats for the architects =P

Isabel Moreira · January 31, 2011

É a concretização de uma ideia brilhante de tão "simples" e apurada que é!


Acuzio Xia · January 28, 2011

i like the surface,simple&fantastic

Architektourist · December 09, 2010

Cooles Konzept für eine temporäre Bar

shin (youngshin min) · October 11, 2010

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Andrés · March 05, 2010

Parabéns Diogo!!! Abraços do Brasil de seu amigo!

perelim · March 04, 2010

what is the idea??just to have cool and fashion aesthetics? much better the old bar made of garbage bottles...

E · March 05, 2010 07:07 AM

já estão todos a armar o cão!
parabéns AE!

kristine · March 04, 2010 09:27 PM

The idea seems pretty obvious too me. Conceptualley: a cube with an irregular surface and pulsating light effects triggered by the music (what's more fit for a bar concept than that?!), reusable materials, an easy and quick building sheme.
It's a reusable idea as well, for similar temorary projects. And frankly: 'the old bar made of garbage bottles'....sounds a tiny bit less attractive to me....(Do you have a link to that project?) Unless you are against esthetics in general, of course.

ck · March 04, 2010

I like...

PL · March 04, 2010

Garbage made out of garbage...

up_today_arch · March 04, 2010

Wow!!!!! I like this kind of surface. In next time it will be printed on 3D printer in one to one scale... It is cool:)


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