Monday, February 21, 2011

Parque Das Cidades Congress Centre - Portugal

Brilliant design from Regino Cruz Arquitectos...

Portuguese design firm Regino Cruz Arquitectos has been selected as the winner of a competition to design a new Congress and Exhibition Centre in the Algarve. Run by Faro and Louise Municipal Councils, the competition aims to develop the site to the Algarve Stadium with an impressive Congress Centre complemented by a four star hotel and retail and office complex.

The strong concept design comprises large volumes of internal flexible space, responding directly to the functional requirements of the building's users. The architect has been inspired by the
nearby ocean which is mirrored in a screen-printed glass wall that extends over the triple height of the main entranceway. This vast expanse of glass is contrasted by elements of tradisional local housing styles incoporated into the facade, such as whitewashed walling. Not only the pergolas
but also the roofs and their multiple triangulations that one sees time and again in the silhouettes of the surrounding towns and villages, inspired by the metrics of the structure and the geometry of the large glass structure. Energy efficiency plays a large part in the concept design, with a water recycling system gathering rainwater from the roof to store in tanks and facades on the south and west-facing sides which have the greatest thermal inertia more opaque than those on the north and east-facing sides.