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Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos

  • 01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos
Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos, © José Campos
© José Campos

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ribeira Grande, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    : Francisco Vieira de Campos, Cristina Guedes, João Mendes Ribeiro
  • Project Team

    Cristina Maximino, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Ana Leite Fernandes, Mariana Sendas, Pedro Costa, Inês Ferreira, João Fernandes (Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados, Lda); Catarina Fortuna, Ana Cerqueira, Ana Rita Martins, António Ferreira da Silva, Cláudia Santos, Joana Figueiredo, João Branco (João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto, Lda)
  • Coordination

    Adalgisa Lopes, Jorge Teixeira Dias
  • Area

    12914.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structural Engineering

    Hipólito Sousa, Jerónimo Botelho, Pedro Pinto (SOPSEC,SA)
  • Electrical Installations

    Raul Serafim, Hélder Ferreira (Raul Serafim & Associados, Lda)
  • Security Measures and Fire Consulting

    Maria da Luz Santiago (Raul Serafim & Associados, Lda)
  • Mechanical Installations

    Raul Bessa, Ricardo Carreto (GET, Lda.)
  • Hydraulic Installations

    Diogo Leite, Filipe Freitas, Jorge Rocha (SOPSEC,SA)
  • Gas Installations

    José Pinto (SOPSEC,SA)
  • Acoustics

    Rui Calejo, Eduarda Silva, Filomena Macedo (SOPSEC,SA)
  • Thermal

    André Apolinário (SOPSEC,SA)
  • Landscape Architects

    Ana Barroco, Rui Figueiredo (Quaternaire)
  • Stage Mechanics Consulting

    João Aidos
  • Programming Consulting

    Elisa Babo (Quaternaire), Miguel Von Haff Pérez, Marta Almeida
  • Conservation and Restoration Consulting

    Gabriella Casella (Cariátides)
  • Client

    Regional Directorate of Culture (DRaC) of the Regional Government of the Azores
  • More Specs Less Specs
© José Campos
© José Campos

Text description provided by the architects. The Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre seeks to unite the different scales and times of its parts.

© José Campos
© José Campos

It is a transdisciplinary project whose mission is to disseminate, create and produce emerging culture: a space of exchange and interface for people, knowledge and events.


© José Campos
© José Campos

The design of Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre – maintains the industrial character of the whole and highlights the dialogue between an existing building (former factory of alcohol / tobacco) and the new construction (arts and culture center, storage facilities, multipurpose hall / performing arts, laboratories, artist studios).

© José Campos
© José Campos

The Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre acquires its identity by the quiet variation between the preexistence and the two new buildings. The containment strategy of facilities implementation enhances the spatial efficiency and hierarchical functionality of the different areas of the existing factory complex. The new buildings absorb the required functionalities, with special conditions, not compatible with the spatiality of preexisting buildings.

© José Campos
© José Campos

The project of the Arquipélago does not exaggerate the differences between the old and the new buildings. On the contrary, it seeks to unite the different scales and times of its parts throughout a pictorial manipulation of the form and materiality of the buildings - the existing constructions are marked by the volcanic stone masonry and the new buildings are characterized by an abstract form, without reference or allusion to any language, built in concrete with local basalt inert continuously working with the variation of surfaces’ textures and rugosity, complementing the mass of the buildings with the emptiness of the patios.

© José Campos
© José Campos

The design is committed to the quality of what exists, showing the typological variations - new buildings are placed next to the existing ones in a serene manner – underlining the architectonical memory of a given period and the new addition, without damaging or subverting the spatial and constructive structures of the whole. Context and contiguity contribute to the autonomy of the object.

© José Campos
© José Campos

The new program reinvents the existent building, making it a meaningful space in a peripheral region in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

© José Campos
© José Campos

The Arquipélago - Contemporary Arts Centre adds meaning to the social and cultural context where it is built. A new Public Space is materialized in a central square/pateo where art feels comfortable and blurs the frontiers between private and public spheres, leisure and work, art and life.

Site Plan
Site Plan

The aspects of the sustainable performance of the buildings were addressed through its materiality (structures, infra-structures) and the absorption of the existing handcrafted knowledge enriched by its timeless way of building. The sustainable measures adopted are passive systems that seek to provide comfort for the users: the density of the concrete walls offer inertia and energy efficiency; the rain water is reused.

© José Campos
© José Campos



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