Arriva Guimarães – Portuguese Bus Complex

Arriva Guimarães, RVDM Arquitectos, Portuguese Bus Complex, Portugal Headquarters Design

Arriva Headquarters Guimarães, Portugal

HQ Building – Edifícios portugueses – design by RVDM Arquitectos

10 Mar 2011

Arriva Headquarters Guimarães

Design: RVDM, Arquitectos Lda

ARRIVA – Portugal – Guimarães

Arriva Head Quarters, Guimarães, north west Portugal

Situated closely to the entry of new tolls at Guimarães – South motorway A11, the new centre of operations of Arriva-Portugal, a public transport company with a large deployment in the Minho region, came to solve a logistical problem of the company replacing the former location in the heart of Guimarães, by another of great accessibility.

Arriva Guimarães - Portuguese Bus Complex
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The new facility consists of office building, maintenance shop and parking facilities for 96 buses. The office building is glass-coated lacquer, seeking advantage of the local landscape, views and solar orientation. The block of maintenance developed along his back towards the neighbour buildings seeks to control the noise. The two buildings springing up in the eastern border of the plot, intend to release the maximum possible area for manoeuvring and parking of the buses. The configuration and deployment of these geometries result from the interaction between these two buildings. One first emerging as the “face” of the set, while the workshop interacts with the parking.

The physical connection between the two, made peripherally, allows large autonomy among blocks, as well as great comfort and sound insulation. A courtyard between the two volumes reinforces this autonomy while offering a meeting place and rest one.

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Arriva Guimarães Bus Complex – Building Information

ARCHITECTURE: Ricardo Vieira de Melo
ARCHITECTURAL TEAM: Ricardo Senos, Liliana Simões, Stela Pervanova, Damião Santos, Nuno Marques
ENGINEERING: José Carlos Arantes
ENGINEERING TEAM: Ricardo Costa, Carlos Coelho
CLIENT: Arriva – Portugal
TOTAL ÁREA: 3,010 m2
PROGRAM: Edifício administrativo e oficinal
SITE: Pinheiro – Guimaraes

PHOTOGRAPHY: Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

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