Casa da Arquitectura

October 27

Visit 1: Casa da Arquitectura
[visit focused on exhibition design]
14:30 – 16:30
Nr of participants: 30
Accessibility for wheelchair users: YES

Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura (CA) assumes a strategic position of cutting curatorship in the selection of the collections it seeks to incorporate, and distinguishes itself worldwide, through the creation of territorial collections, and of a certain temporal arc, with its own curatorship, as is the case of the Brazilian Architecture Collection, which has managed to bring together more than 100 projects and more than 200 donors, allowing an unprecedented reading of a temporal period of 90 years, through the exhibition “Infinito Vão” (Infinite Span), on view in 2018, in the Institution. It is CA’s policy to claim the importance of making the material in the collection accessible, fostering practices of openness and availability. With the advent of globalisation and the ease in the movement of collections and materials, it is urgent to stimulate methods of consultation and cession of these materials, in order to mediate conflicts inherent to their movement across borders. In addition to face-to-face consultation systems, CA has invested in the digital aspect to bring the contents closer to an increasingly dispersed and relocated public. The exhibitions constitute another fundamental axis of CA’s action in the dissemination of its collection, through an intrinsic connection between what is archived and what is exhibited. With curatorship mainly external, but always with the general supervision of the Commissioner and Executive Director of the Institution, each exhibition reflects a new reading of the collection, promoting the dissemination of knowledge of architecture to the general public, and involving various interdisciplinary areas.

Mediation and Discussion

Nuno Sampaio (1974), architect in Porto and master in “Large Scale Architecture” at the Barcelona School of Architecture, develops professional activity as an architect since 2000 in the studio “Nuno Sampaio – Arquitetos”. Currently and since 2014 is the Executive Director of the Casa da Arquitectura, where he assumes the direction and curatorship of the institution that is now the Portuguese Center for Architecture. He was a member of the National Board of Ordem dos Arquitetos (Order of Architects) from 2008 to 2010. He was president of “Estratégia Urbana – Laboratório de Inovação de Arquitetura e Cidade”, and Vice-President of the Association ” Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa ” from 2010 to 2020. At the same time he has been a jury in several architectural competitions where the FAD 2013 Awards stand out.

Casa da Arquitectura | Real Vinícola

Visit 2: Casa da Arquitectura | Real Vinícola
[visit focused on museum architecture]
14:30 – 16:30
Nr of participants: 30
Accessibility for wheelchair users: YES

Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura is located in the former compound of the Real Companhia Vinícola, in Matosinhos Sul. Built at the turn of the twentieth century, it appears in continuity with the construction of the Port of Leixões and the urbanization plan designed for that area. After thirty years of prolific activity, the complex is abandoned, with two circumstantial occupations: in the mid-1950s, with the expansion of the port, displaced residents use the complex as a temporary shelter. A similar situation occurred in 1974, with the arrival of the “returnees”. The rehabilitation by the architect Guilherme Machado Vaz, executed in a municipal effort and inaugurated in 2017, informs both a cultural commitment to the future of architecture and a mediation with the past of the place where it is located. The reconversion project is based on a careful reading of the pre-existence as an accumulation of significant layers of memory, where historical, collective, and architectural meanings converge. On the one hand, the industrial legacy condenses a disused narrative, to which architecture bears witness. On the other, the various permanences that have succeeded each other in space nourish a collective consciousness that highlights the building in the context of Matosinhos.

Mediation and Discussion

Miguel Royo (1993) is an architect from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto. He collaborated at the Arnaldo Pimentel Barbosa Arquitectos office and was an intern at JackBackPack, a cultural association dedicated to promoting intersections between architecture and cinema. His master’s thesis investigates the symbolic spaces of the film Stalker, by Andrei Tarkovsky. He has collaborated with the magazines Dédalo, Caliban, Enfermaria 6, The Jim Morrison Journal and The Apollonian with poems, chronicles, essays, and scientific articles. He works in the Commercial and Partnership Department at Casa da Arquitectura, being responsible for tourism and architecture visits.

How to get there

Av. Menéres 456, 4450-189 Matosinhos, Portugal

Transport provided by ICAMT Porto
Meeting Point at 14:00 entrance Palácio de Cristal

From the Bus stop Palácio 
Last stop Carcavelos
Then walk 7 minutes
Total 38 minutes

At the end of the visit, please go to Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos for the closing remarks and cocktail – Rua de Alfredo Cunha, 4050-073 Matosinhos
Return provided by ICAMT Porto at 19.45 to Hotel Tuela