Arrabida parts

Arrabida parts

Architect
VA Studio
Location
Porto, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2009
Category
Offices
Alberto Plácido

Arrabida parts

VA Studio as Architects

It is intended as an open space, with an honest relationship with the outside through a glass facade, where the reception desk and its back cabinet build up to the ceiling, are the dominant “parts” which give identity to the space. The continuous concrete floor contrasts with the chromatic and formal game of the surrounding walls and furniture, coated with different finishes on aluminum, extending to the same material for the roof, ending in an irregular manner, partially covering the ceiling slab and incorporating the lighting fixtures, protected by metal grids. The self-service area is intended to have a more "controlled" and protected relation to the public, with a more monochromatic and a distinctive ambience regarding the rest of the space. The bathrooms and storage, located on the opposite side, are intended to be a secluded core that visually goes unnoticed by the store users.

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