The cultural center of Viana do Castelo is a project inserted into the privileged space of marginal river mouth Lima, around an axis that is claimed as new cultural centrality of Minho. This bold project with an end multipurpose intended to be the headquarters of cultural events, music, sports and leisure.
The Cultural Center is composed of three floors and has a deployment area of 3,792 sqm. On the -1 floor is located the match venue and access to side benches. The level 0 stands for the glass used, which ensures transparency between the city, the river and the interior of the building itself. And lastly the 1st floor are booths scenic and administrative spaces.
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 different 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.
Location: Viana do Castelo, Portugal
Type: Cultural – Public
Area: 3792 sqm
Building size: 8.706,7 m2
Investment: 13,1M Euro
Client: Municipality of Viana do Castelo
Architect: Eduardo Souto de Moura
Photos: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography