The building, an industrial heritage carpentry built in the 1930’s, was brought in 2010 by the Lisbon Municipality after a fire nearly destroyed it. After the acquisition by the Municipality, there were major structural rehabilitation works that revealed the extraordinary quality and expressivity of building. Some years later, the Municipality opened a contest to explore the carpentry as cultural center. The contest was wan by the Associação Recreativa e Cultural das Carpintarias de São Lázaro, a cultural association with very sparse financial resources. Our briefing requested an evolutionary project that assured the basic needs for a cultural center in downtown Lisbon. In this first phase, circulations, pavements, sanitary installations, technical infrastructure, electrical and security systems were implemented.
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