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Gardens of Stone

Barbas Lopes Arquitectos


Gardens of Stone. Barbas Lopes Arquitectos

Construction in cork in the CCB Square

The Barbas Lopes studio has named the cork intervention that will transform the square of the Belém Cultural Centre in the summer of 2019 Gardens of Stone. This is a restless topography, a floor project that reconfigures the way we inhabit the building and opens up spaces still unknown to the public. Every summer, in partnership with Amorim Isolamentos, Garagem Sul challenges an architectural studio to explore the material qualities – texture, smell, density and colour – of black cork agglomerate. To meet this challenge, the project by Patrícia Barbas connects different spaces in the building, using the comfort and warmth of cork to build several gardens that enter into dialogue with site. By shaping the floor, the work offers vantage points to admire the Olive Tree Garden, the Tagus River or simply the Sky, as well as providing a recreational space between the built geometric shapes and an auditorium to host the open-air cinema programme on warm summer nights. Starting from a unique material and proceeding with an exercise in composition and geometric rigour, Gardens of Stone combines several functions in one form, various forms in one unit, and multiple possibilities in a programme of transformation. After all, architecture also exists to provide the pleasure of warm summer shade.

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Barbas Lopes Arquitectos established their practice in 2006. Realised projects or under development include public and private buildings, single-family housing, exhibition designs, and interiors. The practice is also engaged in collaborations with architects such as Peter Märkli, Promontório Architects, Manuel Aires Mateus and Gonçalo Byrne. Their work was nominated for Icon Awards 2012, Designs of the Year 2013 and Mies van der Rohe 2013. They were Azrieli Visiting Critics in Residence at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.

Patrícia Barbas
(Luanda, 1971) Graduated in Architecture at FAUTL, Lisbon. Collaborated with Aires Mateus, João Pedro Falcão de Campos and Atelier Pedro Silva Dias (Design). Project coordinator for Gonçalo Byrne (1998-2000) and Promontório Architects in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil (2005-2006). Guest Professor at Carleton University, Ottawa (2013, 2015-2016). Jury member of FAD Awards 2016.

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July 9 to September 15, 2019
CCB Plaza
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