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Vodafone Headquarters / Barbosa & Guimarães

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

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 65

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Category

  • 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

  • Electrical

    RGA / Luis Fernandes
  • Contractor

    Teixeira Duarte
  • Construction Management

    Pedro Coelho
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

Text description provided by the architects. 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.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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.

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Cite: "Vodafone Headquarters / Barbosa & Guimarães" 31 Mar 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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