The project is embedded in a strip of land along the River Lima and the new public square lined recently dedicated to Marques Junior, one of the military leaders of the Revolution of 25 April 1974.
The cultural center of Souto de Moura meets and completes the triptych, formed by the Municipal Library designed by Álvaro Siza in 2007 and the recreation center of Praça da Liberdade designed by Fernando Tàvora.
“The building is implanted in the zone foreseen in the plan, aligned in the south side with one of the buildings projected by Architect Fernando Távora.
In front of the North elevation it is foreseen an arborized square with alleys that mark the entries of the Pavilion. In this square will exist a slope that will make the access to level -1.
Formally the building is defined by a table where an aluminium box and every necessary equipments to the function of the diferent activities promoted in it’s interior will be placed.
The whole image intends to be associated with the naval architecture, existing a relation with the image of the “Gil Eanes” ship.
The multipurpose Pavilion will be a space directed to cultural and sport events.
The main accesses will be situated in the North and South extremities. The service entrances will be made in the other elevations.
It’s interior will be ample and permeable, existing the possibility of viewing the sea from the entrance floor.
It is pretended that it’s transparency will be able to make it as lighter as possible in relation to the other buildings.” Description from Eduardo Souto de Moura.
Location: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Architect: Eduardo Souto de Moura
Project Team: Diogo Guimarães, Ricardo Rosa Santos, João Queiróz e Lima, Jana Scheibner, Luis Peixoto, Manuel Vasconcelos, Tiago Coelho
Structural consultants: G.O.P.
Electrical consultants: G.O.P.
Mechanical consultants: G.O.P.
Area: 3,792 m2
Cost: € 13,1 milion
Client: City Hall of Viana do Castelo
Photographs: Joao Morgado
Article by Marco Rinaldi