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Vodafone Headquarters / Barbosa & Guimarães

  • 01:00 - 31 March, 2010
Vodafone Headquarters / Barbosa & Guimarães
Vodafone Headquarters / Barbosa & Guimarães, © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra © FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra +65

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Architects

    Barbosa & Guimarães
  • Principals In Charge

    José António Barbosa, Pedro Lopes Guimarães
  • Structure

    Afaconsult / Carlos Quinaz
  • Collaborators

    Ana Campante, Ana Carvalho, Ana Mota, Daniela Teixeira, Eunice Lopes, Filipe Secca, Henrique Dias, Hugo Abreu, Nuno Felgar, José Marques, Miguel Pimenta, Pablo Rebelo, Paula Fonseca, Paulo Lima, Raul Andrade, Sara Caruso
  • Client

    Vodafone
  • Electrical

    RGA / Luis Fernandes
  • Contractor

    Teixeira Duarte
  • Construction Management

    Pedro Coelho
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

From the architect. In July 2006, when we were invated to the new building competition, through the media, radio, television and newspapers we could notice the following slogan: “VODAFONE LIFE, LIFE IN MOTION.” This sentence reflects the attitude and philosophy of Vodafone.

We believe that the new building should be faithful to this idea, adopting a dynamic image, conveying the sense of movement, challenging the static.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Seeking inspiration from painting, sculpture, photography, arts which had already faced this dilemma, the office building, designed usually linear, begins to become an irregular body, out of balance, with many faces in motion.

The formalization of this concept is based on the concrete, which through its plasticity, allows to create irregular and free-form shapes, working both as a structural solution and exterior appearence, creating a unique shape, a monolithic building, bringing cohesion and unity to the set.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The technical complexity of the building leads to a periphery structural solution, a shell of concrete, like an egg, reducing internal support to the two stairwells and three central pillars, allowing great versatility in its interior space use.

Functionally, the building has eight floors working three as underground. On the ground floor, in addition to the auditorium, we have a store facing the Boavista Avenue, the cafeteria and office acess.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

In the four upper floors appears the offices working as open-space with an accessible terrace. In the underground, the floors -3 and -2, are working as car parking facilities and the -1 floor is occupied by technical areas and training rooms.

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Vodafone Headquarters / Barbosa & Guimarães" 31 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/54336/vodafone-headquarters-barbosa-guimaraes/>
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72 Comments

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liza · March 06, 2013

nice! hope my art turns out well with this:)

Gutek Girek · October 10, 2012

does somebody know the adress of this building? / street and number

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awaar deng · January 28, 2012

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JFJ · September 11, 2011

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Silencio 11 · August 22, 2011

Nice lights on the inside...love the way light enters the stairs too

Razi Khan · August 21, 2011

the hard work has given its fruit!!!!!!

faezeh · July 23, 2011

so fantastic

Jan-Paul Steggerda · July 09, 2011

Maybe the phonerates are still too high?! Vodafone headquarter (Portugal) http://bit.ly/fH819i #architecture #photography

Nemo Areiqat · July 08, 2011

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Chola Arch · July 05, 2011

amazing how no two faces of these building are the same. Sheer variance has been achieved in this. wow.

Bright Blue Day · June 06, 2011

Barbosa & Guimarães leading the way with their design for the new Vodafone HQ http://tinyurl.com/yhlpr2a

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Yasemin Muduroglu · April 27, 2011

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Gabriel · March 09, 2011

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João José Bica · February 17, 2011

Grande prémio....grande edifício....grande visão!

Indy Jones · February 17, 2011

This is not Koolhaas neither a copy of "Casa da Música" - it is better! Remembers me Gaudi's chimneys

Miguel vidal · February 17, 2011

Parabéns Pedro. Mais um troféu.

Photo · February 16, 2011

Can photography do Architecture?

hargvdm · February 16, 2011

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Sanjeev Sabharwal · February 15, 2011

I've read all the comments so far, and I think comparisons should not be made. Each building should be judged on its own merit.
Suppose for a moment that you didn't know, but it was true, that Rem was the real architect, and that this was a practical joke to see how you people react?
It's basically a visual statement, looks dynamic, fulfills functional requirements, and that's enough to tell me that it's a good building. Appreciate it as sculpture!

ricardo · February 05, 2011

I think that both Koolhaas and now Barbosa & Guimarães have taken the identity of late Porto influencial architects such as Siza and have reshaped - even toyed with - the concept of the simple white lines that have become so characteristic of buildings such as Serralves, etc. One can even imagine the evolution of the form from one end of the Avenue towards the other. If anything I believe its quiet clever, congratulations.

Quan Tran · February 05, 2011

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Casa da Musica 2.0 · February 02, 2011

It's a copy of the Casa da Musica concept!

Congratulations for the engineering team, because it is really tough to design this type of buildings, but the architect should have had more imagination. It's not a creation, but a copy.

Gabriel Alvernaz · February 02, 2011

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António João Antunes · February 01, 2011

Gosto muito do vosso edificio.
Parabéns!

X · January 21, 2011

What about beeing origingal?
We have a "Koolhaas" already, in the same city... and in the same avenue!

Aleks Ricetti · December 03, 2010

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Cenourinha · April 17, 2010
SWG STUDIO · April 08, 2010

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aarchitektai.lt · April 03, 2010

BRILLIANT!
congratulations!

Rick · April 03, 2010

Another Koolhaas wannabe.

(tfa) · April 02, 2010

looks interesting... but I do not know if it'll stay interesting in a few years.. maybe feeling sick.

yoyo · April 02, 2010

primeiro que tudo parabens aos arquitectos!!!

I think this project probably shows a great deal of influence from the likes of Rem. But why is that not good? If there is a general criticism that i could make of the majority of interventions here shown from Portugal is that they are very referential to modernism. This does not mean they are generally bad, but simply not as creative as they should be I believe. I know that in Portugal budget is always an issue and this influences the output, but it´s still nice to see an attempt at conceptual integration and branding of a project. Not perfect but hei!
As for Rem, What's the problem about learning from the man? Surely this is a good thing!

obelix · April 02, 2010

its a rip of rem koolhaas, in almost every aspect..
im tired of this project...

up_today_arch · April 02, 2010

of course, to build this building it is the step to investigate authors creativity... in spite of critisizm. You always should make most impressive things what you can... It is my way and my point of view.

{ kat } · April 02, 2010

if only the blank exterior wall were a rock climbing wall!

Karin Watson · April 02, 2010

Vodafone Headquarters in Portugal. Barbosa & Guimaraes http://bit.ly/crGqJ6

Santie · April 02, 2010

What a breath of fresh air!!! Ja, ja...I know timeless architecture and the likes...blah blah....but this is REALLY REFRESHING!! THANK YOU!

bruno · April 01, 2010

its like a messed up model from sketchup, as if novelty of forms would mean a good architecture

bruno · April 01, 2010 10:38 PM

when you look at plans and section cuts you see the extra space that these 'masks' take around a standard organized building

Pedro T · April 01, 2010

The building works well, it is well-made but when you see the Casa da Música (Rem Koolhaas) building in the end of that avenue (Boavista), you can see where they got the concept.. that´s the (very) poor side of the project.

You can support one building like Casa da Música in the streets of Porto but when you get a load of them in the same place, it loses its impact and the city looks like a "zoo" of architecture.

Scozia · April 01, 2010 09:59 PM

Boavista is massive though, you can't even see one from the other.

Both have a tectonic feel and similar materiality, but I wouldn't say they drown each other out as other than the first line of the address the have no relation to one another.

zephyr · April 01, 2010 09:53 PM

what's wrong with a "zoo" of architecture?

xavi · April 01, 2010

This building reminded me of Frank gehry's IAC building in NYC

xirclebox · April 01, 2010

cool building --> Vodafone Headquarters / Barbosa & Guimarães http://bit.ly/aDO5AR /cc @feedly

blackstone · April 01, 2010

ok, so it's a oddly shaped building with miserable little slits for windows. pure kitsch.

Obelix · April 01, 2010

This project is a monolith...compared to is father..which is in the same avenue..
check it!
http://static.panoramio.com/ph...

devoid · April 01, 2010 06:20 PM

@Obelix

It's stupid to compare this with Casa da Música.

Ma?gorzata · April 01, 2010

Genious!!! or Za..bisty!!!

Scozia · April 01, 2010

Ironically, the walls are so thick that when I visited this building last month my Vodafone mobile had no signal inside.

alfredo moreira · February 15, 2011 09:24 PM

That is strange friend 'cause the bldg has full indoor mobile network coverage .

Hungaro · April 01, 2010 02:26 PM

Brilliant!

scash · April 01, 2010

looks like something i once made in sketch-up

+++ · April 01, 2010

really interesting sense of space created by the forms, slits, and openings

nando · April 01, 2010

woow! loved it

Ballista Magazine · April 01, 2010

Wow...brandscapes. In my humble opinion, a majority of these brand-turned-environments fall flat, but this is a very impressive building from an identity standpoint. This will probably garner some criticism for the apparent randomness of the generated form, but sometimes these things just work. The only problem I see is that it renders 99% of work environments as droll. Enjoy working jealously in your bland cubicles tomorrow, friends!

nuno · May 28, 2011 06:21 AM

After visiting it I can say this photos make the building look much more interesting than it actually is. Great photos.

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