Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo
and Tiago Pimentel

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Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

Architectural photographer Nelson Garrido has sent us these photographs of a museum with a carved stone facade in the Côa Valley, Portugal, designed by Portuguese architects Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

Located on a world heritage site with impressive mountain scenery, Museu de Foz Coa displays local Paleolithic art.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

The interior walls of the museum are of exposed concrete, with light reflected around the spaces by triangular mirrors.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

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Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

Here is some more information from the architects:


The Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley, by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel, two young Portuguese architects, was built to hold and promote Paleolithic art discovers in Côa Valley.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

Being perhaps man’s first land art manifestation, Côa engravings were classified as World Heritage Site in December 1998.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

The Museum design concept starts with the idea of conceiving a museum as an “installation on the landscape”.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

Like a “stone carved in the landscape” with a monolithic triangular shape which results directly from the valley’s confluences, the building resembles an aircraft carrier.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

The museum entrance platform was conceived as a contemplation moment of the awesome and impressive scenery of mountains, valleys and Douro and Côa rivers.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

In the interior spaces the architects further developed the concept of “carved stone” creating pathways and spaces that evokes the ambience and intimacy of caves in which light and possible visual relations with the outside appear in a timely and unexpected way.

Museu de Foz Coa by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

The joint between the concrete and the local stone’s texture and color, using concrete made with shale pigment of local stone, was the solution found to materialize the concept of “stone carved in the landscape” giving the museum building the expression of a rock which is integrated and makes itself part of the landscape.

  • simondroog

    I love the texture of the concrete. Great expression of material > http://goo.gl/Kd6Uh

    • http://www.facebook.com/joaomiguel.lim João Miguel

      The texture is a replic of the shale from the aera. They actually made a mold out of a local rock to be used in the formwork.

  • yrag

    Looks like a prison—a grime prison.

    • ahah

      SORRY! MAYBE IS THE OTHER WAY AROUND AND PRISONS ARE THE ONES THAT LOOK LIKE MUSEUMS, PRISONS COULD ACTUALLY BE HAPPY AND COLOURFULL JUST TO INCREASE THE PUNISHMENT OF THE CRIMINALS BUT PLEASE KEEP MUSEUMS LIKE THIS NICE AND CLEAN… THANK GOOD THERE IS STILL SOME GOOD TASTE IN THE WORLD

  • http://www.dotgolf.it dotgolf

    very minimal, it's difficult to image the idea of space!