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07/01/2014

Josep Lluís Mateo, cultural center in Castelo Branco (Portugal)

 
Six years after redeveloping the Largo da Devesa square in the historic quarter of Castelo Branco, a city in the Portuguese central region, Josep Lluís Mateo has finished inserting into the urban fabric a new cultural center that engages with the surrounding buildings. With its over 4,000 square meters, the compact building sits on gentle slopes designed by the Barcelona architect that adapt to the terrain, create a pond, and hide a parking garage underneath. A large cantilever covers an ice skating rink. The center presents a bold structure with different faces – one of wood with swing slats to regular incoming daylight, another of concrete, and a third with a skin of zinc – that make it sculptural. Like the auditorium, the room for exhibitions is a double-height space crowned by a large skylight.
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