- Architecture Coordinator: Nuno Lacerda Lopes
- Architecture Collaborators: CNLL, Augusto Rachão, João Garrido, Maria João Venâncio, Paula Araújo
- Client: Câmara Municipal de Espinho
- City: Espinho
- Country: Portugal
Text description provided by the architects. The Centro Multimeios de Espinho was a project carried out between 1998 and 2000. It is a space intended to welcome and integrate different artistic, scientific and communication expressions, which new technologies and current communication media enable and support.
This building is a symbol of a tradition that connects Espinho to the sea and thus pays discrete homage to the past growth of a city which has always left many of its tears in this vast salty sea. It is a building that seeks to interpret the scale and dimension of today within a large, boat-like container. Its interior reveals a large sculptural space, a uniting void, organising and distributing a complex and ambitious programme. Here spaces intersect to provide a large scale cinema, a scientific and leisure planetarium, an exhibition gallery suitable for a variety of artistic expressions, a multi-purpose conference room as well as all the service spaces such as the administrative areas, the dressing rooms, the storage facilities, the cafeteria, the multimedia shop and the spaces for new information technologies.
The copper that time will paint green will mark its various ages and expressions. We thought of the building as a friend who we would like to accompany and grow old with.