Ganesh Club / Pormenor Arquitectos

© Filipe Paiva

Architects: Pormenor Arquitectos
Location: Amarante,
Project Team: Carlos Bessa, Jose Soares, Luis Portas
Engineering: Nuno Soares
Project Area: 900 sqm
Budget: 2,800,000 €
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Filipe Paiva

PORMENORarquitectos® were invited to integrate a bar into a natural environment. As a limit, beside the standard local legislation, 3 milion euros were the budget.

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Embracing the fact that an equipment of such nature urges to become a great atraction and needs to influence a wide spread area, the concept pointed the design towards a powerfull object, massive and strange, growing from the mountain.

© Filipe Paiva

The rising volume suffered rithmic additions and subtractions untill it became fully equipped to allow the creation of the maximum entertainment environment possible.

© Filipe Paiva

The light and sound were imprinted on the exterior concrete as the building glows its function by the façades. The interior became a cult area with a main wing where the Dj is the altar, and two secondary wings for his followers.

At night the building shines, and with the sound of the Dj, it pulsates.

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Cite: "Ganesh Club / Pormenor Arquitectos" 01 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • frank Wilson

    I love the penetration between the delicate and the strength. I love the use of positive and negative and the rhythm of the composition.
    Very sexy!!!

  • edu

    2,800,000 € ????? vêm promover para aqui a corrupção que existe em Portugal?!

    • Carlos

      Corrupção? O dono de obra é o próprio construtor, esta é uma obra 100% privada.

      Deviam fabricar computadores sem teclado para pessoas que não sabem o que escrevem.

  • Teemu Salmenaho

    Hey Guys, very interesting projects You have here.

    Teemu Salmenaho

  • Heba

    The first thing that popped to my head when I saw it was a thing I read in an introduction to architecture book in my 1st year of architecture; “machine in the jingle”. I guess this club is a literal application of the phrase.