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Arquipélago Center for the Contemporary Arts Tangible simplicity

Menos é Mais Arquitectos Associados | João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto

Europa | São Miguel

This project at Ribeira Grande, situated on the north side of the main island of the Azores archipelago, São Miguel, has a demanding program. The three architects who won the competition at the time - Cristina Guedes, Francisco Viera de Campos, from Menos é Mais Arquitectos office (represented in the latest Venice Biennale, Reporting from the Front, with the Teleferico de Gaia in Oporto) together with João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto from Coimbra, worked seven long years (2007-2014) to realize Arquipélago, a contemporary arts center on the outskirts of Ribeira Grande in a disused alcohol and tobacco factory. Perhaps only the silhouette of the industrial complex as seen from the sea has remained intact. In our time there are great number of comparable programs just about everywhere in the world, from Beijing to the Dia Foundation in Beacon, USA, in Zurich,...

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