New social infrastructure and cultural development in Porto
Campanhã, Porto, Portugal
Junho 2018 – (…)
approx. 20 500 m2
Kengo Kuma & Associates (Co-authorship; Lead Architect)
Ejiri Structural Engineers (Engineering design)
ESC (social strategists)
International Competition; 1st Prize
Winning proposal for the Renovation & Expansion of Porto City Old Matadouro
The former Matadouro (Slaughterhouse) during its prosperous years it was considered as one of the most important forming a strong economical and development trigger for the area. With the new proposal we intend to reestablished its role in the city’s cultural, business and social atractivness. And since it is visible from afar , it is essential to create a structure that could be expirienced from a distance as from a scale as a highway and reinvents the square underneath it for the neighbourhood or new program. We were interested in creating a building with its own history based on the local memory and made this sensory translation of the public space that belongs to everyone but that each one feels as his own, to continue the story of this place and to bring back it to the city.
The roof stretches across the entire site to integrate all the program underneath, unite old and new, bringing the recognizable signature to the neighborhood of Oporto, however preserving the historical heritage. It covers or it integrates with the existing building structures accordingly with the necessity. It establishes a dialogue of scale with the large adjacent infrastructures and, subtly blur through the material with the house of Campanhã.
The ceramic tiles as main covering roof members integrate the new architecture with typical neighborhood appearance and glass panels bring the light, cover from environmental factors as rain or sun or glow with warm light as a lantern the district during the night hours providing a safe cross passage. Further as Porto it renowned of the warm summers with an excessive sun and on contrary the rainy weather during the other time of the year, the new roof appears as a second skin, allows the site to be used all year round ensuring protection and shading, thus enhancing the wind to pass through. Although it is an innovative design the whole refers to both: local construction but also its form that try to refer to the lightness of the existing big open structures, thus a large thin members that levitates weaving as a textile, gives an evocation of the great strength of this industry in the region.