Tour Through Miguel Arruda’s “Factory of Words” in Portugal

On the northern bank of Portugal’s Tagus River lies Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados’ Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library. Dubbed the “Factory of Words” because of its location on the site of a former rice mill, the white building is marked by a triangular slit that runs through its floors. This video, by Sara Nunes from Building Pictures, features different perspectives of the library juxtaposed with an interview with the architect, where he explains the building’s connection with the city and the river as well as how they sought to create a library program that incorporates a broader use of the public space.


  • Direction & Production: Building Pictures
  • Photo Direction: Building Pictures
  • Post-Production: Building Pictures
  • Music: Creative Commons - kirk pearson - Light Rain in Oberlin
  • 2015 | 7’51" | 16:9
  • Project: Fábrica das Palavras
  • Architects: Miguel Arruda Arquitectos
  • Location: Vila Franca de Xira - Portugal
  • Year: 2015

Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados

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Cite: Katie Watkins. "Tour Through Miguel Arruda’s “Factory of Words” in Portugal" 19 Sep 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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