Shelter ByGG – Guimarães Building, Portugal

Urban Shelter Portugal, Guimarães Architecture, New Portuguese Building

Shelter ByGG, Portugal : Guimarães Building

Northern Portuguese Building – design by Gabriela Gomes, architect

26 Jun 2012

Urban Shelter in Guimarães

Location: north west Portugal

Design: Gabriela Gomes

Photos: Joao Morgado

Guimarães Building

Sleeping in a Sustainable and Itinerant Sculpture.

“Shelter ByGG”, a project signed by Gabriela Gomes brings out to public space a sculptural object that can be used as a living space.

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photographs : Joao Morgado

With “Shelter byGG”, Gabriela Gomes proposes the creation of an habitable module, inviting you to rest inside a sculpture installed on a public space. This module will have one double room with integrated WC, assuring the comfort and privacy of its users. The aesthetic part can’t be forgotten and it is one of the strongest aspects of this project.

This is an experimental object which combines sculpture, design and architecture, defying new experiences with space and questioning relations of artistic enjoyment and habitation issues. Therefore, “Shelter by GG” gathers plastic concepts with functionality and sustainability from one space only, something like a “cocoon/ bedroom”.

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photographs : Joao Morgado

With this project is expected an artistic manifestation that provides an innovative and unexpected experience as an accommodation space, associated to eco-­‐sustainable solutions and mobility.

In its construction and functioning, the environmental concerns can be seen, mainly on: the sustainability, by using non-­‐polluting and recycled materials(OSB-­‐Oriented Strand Board – engineered wood-based panel; Cork Thermal/ acoustic and Anti vibration insulation; Cork wall – projected cork) and on the energetic eco-­‐efficiency, using solar energy and LED lighting technology.

The mobility, associated to the temporary feature of this installation, turns it into an “itinerant object”. In a first phase it will be installed and presented at Guimarães 2012 – European Capital of Culture, however, it is easy mobility on a TIR will allow that it goes to other places with no need of infrastructures.

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photographs : Joao Morgado

Shelter ByGG – Building Information

For room reservations:
Agência de Viagens Gomes Alves
Rua Gil Vicente, 66
4801-­‐151 Guimarães
Tel. 00351 253 422 660
Telm. 91 289 53 12

Shelter ByGG images / information from Joao Morgado / Marco Arraiolos

Joao Morgado : Architectural Photography – external link


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