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MAAVC, Portugal : Museum of art and archaeology of “Vale do Côa”

MAAVC Building – design by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

29 Apr 2012

MAAVC – Museum of art and archaeology of “Vale do Côa”

Portugal

Design: Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

MAAVC building Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley MAAVC Vila Nova de Foz Côa
photos © Cláudio Reis

MAAVC – Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley

To build the Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley we connected different parameters: topography, accessibilities and program. The fusion of these aspects was highly important for the concept definition – to conceive a museum as an installation on the landscape.

MAAVC building Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley MAAVC Vila Nova de Foz Côa MAAVC Vila Nova de Foz Côa
photos © Camilo Rebelo / Tiago Pimentel

The topography was crucial in our decisions since we had to deal with an enormous difference between the museum entrance and the interior of the building. The arrival is made at the top of this topography and that was one of the reasons to create a platform, a terrace, a belvedere – the stage scenario is the huge and impressive landscape with mountains and valleys. The arrival, a contemplation moment and a parking space as well – is at the same time the museum entrance. The body strategy, in relation to topography, is natural; this means that the platform assumes the same level of the street that ends on the building while the terrain goes down along the side walls showing, in the front elevation, the total height of the volume.

MAAVC building Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley MAAVC Vila Nova de Foz Côa MAAVC Vila Nova de Foz Côa
photos © Camilo Rebelo / Tiago Pimentel

On the higher level of the terrain, the monolithic triangular form is a direct result of the valley’s confluences. This triangular body happens in the middle line of the two valleys, facing them (Vale de José Esteves and Vale do Forno) – the third side faces the crossing of Douro and Côa rivers.

Its materiality evokes the local stone yards and reflects two different natures: the concrete’s matter and the local stone’s texture and colour. For the building expression we decided to use concrete made with shale pigment (local stone) – the concrete’s texture was made with several molds that were extracted directly from the existing rocks.

MAAVC building Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley MAAVC Vila Nova de Foz Côa MAAVC Vila Nova de Foz Côa
photos © Camilo Rebelo / Tiago Pimentel

MAAVC – Building Information

Project Name: Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
Location: Vila Nova de Foz Côa
District: Guarda, Portugal
Use: Museum
Site Area: 88294,8 ㎡
Bldg. Area: 6243,28 ㎡
Gross Floor Area: 8121,31 ㎡
Bldg. Coverage Ratio: 7,1 %
Gross Floor Ratio: 9,2 %
ldg. Scale: 3 Stories above Ground
Structure: Concrete
Max. Height: 12,6 m
Landscape Area: 81882,6 ㎡
Parking Lot: 56 cars
Exterior Finish: Concrete
Design year: 2004-09
Completion year: 2009
Architect name: Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel

Client: Ministério da Cultura, IGESPAR
Consortium: Camilo Rebelo, Tiago Pimentel G.O.P.
Architecture: Camilo Rebelo, Tiago Pimentel/Sandra Barbosa
Coordination: Tiago Pimentel
Collaborators: Bruno Guimarães, Cláudio Reis, Marcelo Correia, Cristina Chicau
Engineering: G.O.P. Gabinete de Organização e Projectos
Foundations and Structure: Jorge Nunes da Silva
Mechanical Installations, HVAC: Raul Bessa
Electrical Installations, Security, IT Network: Alexandre Martins
Sewage and Water Supply: Raquel Fernandes
Acoustics: Maria Rosa Sá Ribeiro
Landscape: Maria João Amial Trigo, Manuel Melo
Area: Total built area: 8.121,31 sqm ; Net area: 6.243,28 sqm

Photo credits: Camilo Rebelo, Tiago Pimentel, Cláudio Reis

© Camilo Rebelo Arquitecto
© Pedro Tiago Pimentel Arquitecto

Drawings by Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel and images by Claudio Reis are Copyright Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel.

MAAVC images / information from Camilo Rebelo and Tiago Pimentel


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