Archeological Interpretation Center / Norvia

© Nelson Garrido

Careful attention was paid to how a visitor would access the building, therefore it is limited to only a winding pedestrian pathway aimed to observe the site and buildings relationship with the extraordinary Tua River valley. Located in , the Archeological Interpretation Center camouflages itself within the landscape while providing the necessary reception of visitors.

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Architects: Norvia-Consultores de Engenharia SA
Location: Murca, Portugal
Lead Designer: Paulo Alexandre Gomes Fernandes
Engineering: Norvia-Consultores de Engenharia SA
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido

This building was constructed as infrastructure to support the archaeological site of Crasto Lofts.  It consists of a reception area, interpretation center, exhibition space, parking, and paths to visit the site with corresponding signage.

© Nelson Garrido

The interior space is open and fluid having enclosures only when necessary, for the sanitary facilities and water tank. The space hosts a small exhibition consisting of different materials and objects from the archaeological dig, and has a video installation where they spend time explaining the site recovery.

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Cite: "Archeological Interpretation Center / Norvia" 16 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>