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Instituto CUF / Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa

  • 00:00 - 12 November, 2012
Instituto CUF / Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa
Instituto CUF / Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa, ©  Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

©  Luis Ferreira Alves ©  Luis Ferreira Alves ©  Luis Ferreira Alves ©  Luis Ferreira Alves + 25

  • Architects

    Carlos Prata, Nuno Barbosa
  • Location

    Senhora da Hora, Porto, Portugal
  • Collaborators

    Sara Almeida, João Figueiroa, Gisela Lameira, Rodrigo Coelho, Filipa Pinto Basto, Joana Mendes, Gonçalo Silvano
  • Area

    22365.0 m2
  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. Ricardo Campos Costa and Valério Leite who were the original authors of the concept had a clear objective in mind “Create a benchmark, A new building and service concept”.

©  Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

Previous experience brought to light the essential factors in a project of such nature - flexibility to embrace the constant change of internal organization throughout the duration of the project, construction and lifeline of the building; and adaptability when it comes to fulfilling all norms and organization requirements of the health & safety act.

©  Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

Thus a rectangular layout was developed, having a nucleus comprising – a unique boxed staircase, mechanical vertical passageways, common sanitary installations and the main infrastructure ducts – forcing a separation between public and staff circulation. An exterior walkway was included, allowing at present or at a later stage, the inclusion of the necessary emergency exits.

©  Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

The Building acquires a greater dimension with the separation between staff and public, the users acquire greater sense of space towards the exterior, whether they are static or in motion within the building.

©  Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

The building’s original dense concept is altered to an unity feeling, this is achieved by a shading game that is only visible at close proximity – designed by the plastic artist Angelo de Sousa – this shading game protects the extensive glass structure from excessive sunlight and also gives the building a unity feeling opposed to the concept of density.

©  Luis Ferreira Alves
© Luis Ferreira Alves

The photos and drawings presented allow us to understand the scale and proportions of the building but don’t give the right apprehension that we can experiment in a local viewing, what is obvious, but in this case very important because we face a non-build environment.

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Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa
Cite: "Instituto CUF / Carlos Prata + Nuno Barbosa" 12 Nov 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884