International Centre for the Arts Jose
de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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Shimmering brass walls surround this arts centre that Portuguese firm Pitagoras Arquitectos have just completed in Guimarães.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The new two-storey structure comprises a series of irregularly stacked volumes that extend out from a refurbished row of existing buildings on the edge of an old market square in the city centre.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Rows of rectilinear brass pipes give the centre its ridged golden facade, while mirrors clad the underside of cantilevered rooms on the first floor.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Two underground levels are located beneath the square to provide galleries, an auditorium and a car park, plus the building also houses creative workshops and offices.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The opening of the centre ties in with the city's status as European Capital of Culture for 2012 and will showcase a permanent collection of works by local artist Jose de Guimarães.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Buildings with golden exteriors have been popular in the last year and so far we've featured a library, a pavilion, a museum and a wedding chapel with golden walls.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

See all our stories about golden projects »

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Photography is by Joao Morgado.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Here's some text prepared by the architects:


Platform of Arts and Creativity
International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães
Guimarães, Portugal

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The buildings that make up the Municipal Market and the space defined by them, commonly referred to as "the square", a name inherited from market square are, as a unit, characteristic elements of the urban landscape of the city of Guimarães.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The grounds of the old municipal market boasted a privileged and very central location with excellent accesses, very close to the Toural Square and the historic center.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

With this project, the transformation of the marketplace into a multifunctional space dedicated to artistic, economic, cultural and social activities within the scope of European Capital of Culture 2012, allowed for the physical and functional reintegration into the urban fabric, to become a reality and so, to recover one key area of the city space.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

In addition, the operation extended to adjacent plots, enabling the regeneration of the interior space of the block, which was completely uncharacterized, as a result of its occupation by a marble processing industry.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The program provided a clear concept and defined the objectives intended to achieve with this infrastructure, listing a series of skills and spaces that constitute the functional program for both the new and the existing buildings, as well as the adjacent plots of land.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

For this purpose three major program areas were defined:

1. Art Center, which houses a permanent collection, in this case the Collection of José Guimarães, temporary exhibition area, a multipurpose space for additional activities, performances and shows, in addition to a series of complementary services.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

2. Creative Labs (business support offices) for the reception and installation of activities related to creative industries, allowing the development of business projects.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

3. Workshops to Support Emerging Creativity, consisting of workspaces and creative vocation for young creators in various areas, hoping to develop projects on a temporary basis.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Finally, the intent to recover the existing building on the eastern side, trying to promote the installation of additional commercial activities that could enhance the creation of a space with a broad scope in regards to multidisciplinary cultural activities.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The whole structure, according to the program would complement the existing equipment in the city, as well as those which are under development within the European Capital of Culture.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

When interpreting the program, we aimed to allow for the possibility of each one of its components to function independently and simultaneously, creating accesses to each of the various services and support areas, as well as to the outdoor square and garden.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

We opted for a methodology of intervention that involves the rehabilitation of the existing building to the east, keeping the materials and textures, but redoing the entire inside at level 0.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

For the building at north, and for reasons previously mentioned, the façade towards the Avenue, which characterizes the building, is renovated, but its interior and façade facing the square were object of and almost complete demolition and redesign.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

Although it is intended to maintain the scale and the existing formal relations, we propose a new solution for the building that promotes a strong relationship with the square and emphasizes the relationship of this structure with the outer space.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The new building takes a radically different language, by contrast with its surroundings, both from the standpoint of their language and image, discrete, repetitive, as well as by the succession of volumes, with full and empty, marked by the juxtaposition of contrasting surfaces.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

The coatings, a grid of metal profiles in brass and glass surfaces chromatised on ventilated façades, accentuates a range of textures that is intended display, more dense and opaque in the majority of faces in the case of the metal structure, and transparent when it covertly comes to glass surfaces that intentionally conceal the few openings that the building comprises.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

This series of volumes and dissonant elements, which result from decomposition of the initial volume, was originated by the need to create a variety of different spaces in the exhibition area, creating a tension evident in the volume of the building and the relationship with the space of the square, making it the main feature of its design.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

For the square, we formulated a proposal with a drawing significantly more aseptic and a coating with large concrete slabs, as a counterpart to the surrounding buildings, characterized as a large reception and a multifunctional meeting area, translated into a physical platform, summing its vocation as public space by nature.

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It will be an area purposely under fitted, with the preservation of the large trees to the east, by introducing some elements of vegetation along the north building, but leaving most of the free space allowing for the development of numerous spontaneously or organized activities, in the scope of the Platform or not.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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The urban furniture used in the square comprises moveable elements, allowing for a more versatile use.

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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Location: Guimarães
Date: July 2012

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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Architects: Pitágoras Architects
Project team: Fernando Sá, Raul Roque, Alexandre Lima, Manuel Roque

International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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International Centre for the Arts Jose de Guimarães by Pitagoras Arquitectos

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  • Mario

    A contrast which works in the best way possible

  • deta

    Horrible inconsiderate building. Wannabe tron.

  • Khalid

    Now that is absolutely stunning!

  • Philippe

    The exterior is amazing and the interior is … white. Love it, but maybe a little bit of colors would be nice.

  • Oileh

    Works of art will bring colour to the interior of the building. Very nice!

  • Pedro

    One of the most amazing projects in Portugal.

  • Johan

    Wow, really beautiful exterior, absolutly stunning work of mass and contrasts. Do agree though that the interior lacks a bit of "materiality", and is a bit bland.

  • mike

    Stunning, albeit a delayed echo from the good days of questionable vast public spending on such projects.

  • JMT

    What an incredible project, bravo!

  • 1+2-3

    Absolutely gorgeous, the lines pull my eyes in a very pleasing way, cheers!

  • apt

    Very interesting building. The exterior balance of volumes reveals the best of what David Chipperfield once called “the powerful modernism from Oporto school”. That’s probably why I found the interiors too “neutral” even if apparently very well finished. Congratulations for a building with such identity.

  • Mort Sumner

    Remarkable how museum design budgets can accommodate such grand, flamboyant experiments in spectacle. Reassuring to note banks aren’t the only institutions with excessive financial resources.

  • http://dailygrail.com/ Red Pill Junkie

    A building that reminds us that art and culture are our most valuable treasure :)

  • Highlight

    Does anyone know if the long linear lights are flush mounted and if so who makes them?

  • Sultony

    Absolutely horrific although Hitler would have liked it. More like a tomb than a celebration of humankind.

  • Brent Blake

    Beautiful work and more refined than can be appreciated by some here. Better than Gehry and the Guggenheim a country away!

  • Lisko

    Heavy and depressing outside, chaotic and confusing inside.

  • Danielle

    I'm just being honest. I find it very boring. I would never want to be inside this building. For some reason, I feel nauseous already just by looking at these pictures.