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. 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.
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. For this purpose three major program areas were defined:
-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
-Creative Labs (business support offices) for the reception and installation of activities related to creative industries, allowing the development of business projects.
-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.
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.
Fernando Seara de Sá
Raul Roque Figueiredo
Alexandre Coelho Lima
Manuel Luís Vilhena Roque
Foundations and Structures
António Monteiro Castro
Marco Beleza Vieira
António Monteiro Castro, Eng
Marco Beleza Vieira
Acoustic and Hygrothermal
Vasco Peixoto de Freitas
H.V.A.C and Thermal Study
Electrical and Data Network, Integrated Security and Centralized Technical Management
C.G.Work and Signage
João Andias Carvalho
Câmara Municipal de Guimarães
Casais – Engenharia Construção, S.A.