Project for the restoration and expansion of the Casa da Cultura in Ribeira Grande, Azores
The building occupies a land adjacent to the Palacete Vicente Ferreira, a construction from the XVII century, with relevant architectural and heritage characteristics.
The project joins both buildings in order to house and display the anthropological and ethnographic collections that constitute the main collection of the Casa da Cultura of Ribeira Grande. In both buildings, there are a number of spaces to support the museum’s operation, a room for temporary exhibitions, an auditorium and a cafeteria.
The museum is designed to continue the exhibition circuit that begins at the Palacete. The route links a set of galleries, with distinct characteristics, related to the pieces to be exhibited. Each of these spaces is an opportunity to look at the palace and the city. The exhibition path culminates in the roof of the building, offering the visitor a wide panorama over the landscape of the north coast of the San Miguel Island.
The new building is constructed of concrete. The Palacete is undergoing restoration, maintaining its original typological structure and construction system.
The project includes the design of the Museum’s gardens.
[1st Prize in public competition; with a.s* – atelier de santos]