Architecture – Platform of Arts And Creativity

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This is the International Arts Centre José de Guimarães signed by the Portuguese Pitágoras Arquitectos. Shimmering brass walls surround this modern building located in Guimarães, a Portuguese city which this year is the European Capital of Culture.

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Located on a square the grounds of the old municipal market, the building stands in a privileged and very central location with excellent access, very close to the historic center.

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The transformation of the old marketplace into a multifunctional space dedicated to artistic, economic, cultural and social activities within the scope of Guimarães allowed for physical and functional reintegration into the urban fabric.

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The design also extended to adjacent plots, enabling the regeneration of space which was previously uncharacterized.

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Three major program areas were defined: First, an Art Center, which houses the permanent collection of José Guimarães, a temporary exhibition area, a multipurpose space for additional activities, performances and shows, and a series of complementary services.

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Secondly, there are Creative Labs (business support offices) for the reception and installation of activities related to creative industries, allowing the development of business projects.

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Finally, there are Workshops to Support Emerging Creativity, consisting of workspaces and creative vocation for young creators hoping to develop projects on a temporary basis.

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 Photo Credits | Joao Morgado | www.photo.joaomorgado.com

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