Oriented by: Adalberto Dias, Eliseu Gonçalves, José Gigante
The Project for the Urban Art Museo of Porto relates to a complex context in which strong are the natural elements that characterize the course of Avenida Dom Afonso Henriques, and at the same time, important are the historical signs that have long characterized the center of the great Portuguese city.
Until the end of '800 the number of proposals related to it have marked and changed the place of connection between the old part of the city and the new area of expansion of Gaia situated over the famous Dom Luis Bridge.
Great architects as Barry Parker, Marcello Piacentini, Giovanni Muzio, Fernando Távora, Alvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura have proposed ideas, visions and projects in this regard; In a constantly flowing site between the historic São Bento station and Sé do Porto, between the Tower of Twenty-Four and the future Museum of the City of Porto.
The reflection about the articulation of shapes, signs and lines that form dimensionally the space has led to the design of an urban museum that was, as possible, related with the characters and the characteristics of the place.
An architectural work that might not be divede from the nature but that underline it allowing a urban deployment, in a linear expression that does not set against the fragmentation but that would organize the architectural bodies in its boundary.
It's the laboratory the place where we work and study. Here, observing and reflecting, we do practice. It's the storehouse in which collect the imprinted signs along the way.