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Renovation and Expansion of the old Matadouro (Slaughterhouse)
Porto, Portugal

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23000 m2

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Kengo Kuma & Associates (co-authorship, Lead Architect); Mota-Engil (construction & operation); Ejiri structural engineers; ESC

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International Competition; 1st Prize
Ongoing;

Winning proposal for the Renovation and Expansion of the old Matadouro (Slaughterhouse) in Porto

The former Matadouro (Slaughterhouse) during its prosperous years it was considered as one of the most important beacon in town forming a strong economical and development trigger for the area. With the new proposal we intend to reestablished its role in the city’s cultural, business and social atractivness. And since it is visible from afar , it is essential to create a structure that could be expirienced from a distance as from a scale as a highway and reinvents the square underneath it for the neighbourhood or new program. We were interested in creating a building with its own history based on the local memory and made this sensory translation of the public space that belongs to everyone but that each one feels as his own, to continue the story of this place and to bring back it to the city.

The urban approach
For the reason the side is located in the lower level the proposal underlines the need to introduce a bridge building to connect with the upper metro station. It would create the opportunity for access not only for those who want to enter the Matadouro itself but would also create an easy public city access for those who live nearby. On one end of the entrance, the building bridge on its top create the uplifted plaza that serves as a public garden and belvedere for the whole project and the city. And on the other end on the level of the housing, two other squares would generate another entrances, spots for any social events and interactions.

The form – one gesture that unites old and new
The roof stretches across the entire site to integrate all the program underneath, unite old and new, bringing the recognizable signature to the neighborhood of Oporto, however preserving the historical heritage. It covers or it integrates with the existing building structures accordingly with the necessity. It establishes a dialogue of scale with the large adjacent infrastructures and, subtly blur through the material with the house of Campanhã.
With a simple gesture of accentuating by ridge the specific program underneath is revealed and connected as two front plazas or cultural program (library, museum, performance space etc.) or a new bridge connectionh with the neighbourhood.

The roof – traditional materiality
The aim for us is to use the knowledge and materials known locally, however showing their new potential. The ceramic tiles as main covering roof members integrate the new architecture with typical neighborhood appearance and glass panels bring the light, cover from environmental factors as rain or sun or glow with warm light as a lantern the district during the night hours providing a safe cross passage. Further as Porto it renowned of the warm summers with an excessive sun and on contrary the rainy weather during the other time of the year, the new roof appears as a second skin, allows the site to be used all year round ensuring protection and shading, thus enhancing the wind to pass through.
Although it is an innovative design the whole refers to both: local construction but also its form that try to refer to the lightness of the existing big open structures, thus a large thin members that levitates weaving as a textile, gives an evocation of the great strength of this industry in the region.











































































 

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Really surprised with the project. Looks really good. And there is a new small Park to be made?
I too noticed the new park in front of the area where the project will be developed. It isn't a very big one, but in an area adjacent to a huge concrete motorway, it can only be a good thing. Another positive aspect of this incredible development!
 

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Lovely.
 
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