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Football museum and HQ for Liga Portugal by OODA

OODA reveals football museum and HQ for Liga Portugal

Architecture studio OODA has designed a cube-shaped office above a green-roof covered museum for the governing body of Portuguese football.

Designed as the headquarters for Liga Portuguesa de Futebol Profissional – the body that manages professional football in Portugal also known as Liga Portugal – the office and museum will be built in Porto.

Football museum and HQ for Liga Portugal by OODA
OODA has designed a HQ for Liga Portugal. Visualisation is by Mir

The headquarters will be divided into two main elements: a single storey building that will be covered in a green roof and a cube-shaped office block.

The long low-level building will contain an auditorium for over 400 people, a football museum and a store selling merchandise from the 36 teams in the top two divisions of Portuguese football will be sold.

Football museum and HQ for Liga Portugal by OODA
The headquarters will contain a 400-seat auditorium

Above the single-storey podium will be a seven-storey block that will house the offices of Liga Portugal.

The open-plan office space will be enclosed with glass facades that will be covered in hexagon-shaped cladding and will have several outdoor terraces cut into it.

Football museum and HQ for Liga Portugal by OODA
The cube-shaped block will contain open-plan offices

The Liga Portugal headquarters is set to be built in the Ramalde area of Porto and includes a public square, which is designed as a gathering place for the area.

"It is a project with a strong public character, which will emphasise an area of the city that is sometimes forgotten, through the construction of an institutional building, which is simultaneously a sport, cultural and leisure facility," said João Jesus, partner at OODA.

"However, it sought to boost the use of its spaces, exterior and interior, as a three-part interface: the public, the surrounding city and the program it contains," Jesus added.

Porto-based OODA was established in 2010 and is led by Diogo Brito, Francisco Lencastre, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, João Jesus and Julião Pinto Leite.

The architecture studio is also working with Kengo Kuma to transform a disused slaughterhouse in the Campanhã neighbourhood of Porto into a cultural centre. It has also previously completed an apartment renovation behind a tiled facade and an apartment with a hammock over the staircase in the city.

Visualisations are by Fusão, unless stated.