Portable Spiral of History / Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto

© FG+SG – , Sergio Guerra

Architects: Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Location: , Portugal
Collaborator: Francesco Ugolotti
Engineer and Construction Manager: Antonio Pinto
Copper: Asa cobres e zinco, Sousa Alves
Metal Structure: Lisopatamar
Glass: Alves Glass
Client: Ministery of Culture of Portugal
Project Year: July-Sept 2010 (Construction Nov 2010)
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The Portable Spiral of History is a commission from the Ministry of Culture for a small pavilion-art booth at the 2010 Lisbon-Art fair. It contained a selection of books and products of the Portuguese Network of Museums and institutes of the Arts, for sale. It was then later permanently assigned to the lobby where the Ministry as complements to showcase products of the existing Shop on the ground floor entrance of the Ajuda Palace and dignify the main arrival area to the whole complex of the Palace Museum and the Ministry.

Courtesy of Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
Courtesy of Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Courtesy of Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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Cite: "Portable Spiral of History / Bernardo Rodrigues Arquitecto" 07 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=93975>
  • kolohe

    uh,…can someone explain the real purpose for this thing to me?

  • J.arch

    Kolohe, Check original purpose here: http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=31745615&id=1077994912

    showroom for the books of the ministry of culture. At the ministry’s atrium it was photographed before being occupied with the books, flyers, and other stuff from the museum shop.

  • kolohe

    the question was a bit rhetorical.
    my original feeling still stands, however.
    how was this form derived/driven/informed by the space/situation/location? sure there are some relatively flat portions to display a few books and leaflets, but a table serves that purpose as well. i’m assuming the design was moved beyond this by some other logic; that’s what i’m unsure of and what isn’t at all apparent to me in the images or brief description. that being said, it could have been a giant coconut, although the planarity of surfaces of this design does hold some advantage over the coconut in terms of displaying books…

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    nice… the same principle as Z.H. at Palladio villa Foscarini at last Vinecian Bennale…