barbosa & guimarães expresses marina douro with curved steel frames in portugal
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as part of the redevelopment of porto, portugal’s marina, where the duoro river meets the atlantic ocean, a mixed use complex of three buildings has been completed by barbosa & guimarães arquitectos. each of the rectangular volumes is contained within robust and expressive steel frames that feature distinctive and irregular patternings of curved bracing members. the facilities serves and complements the harbor’s docking area, while also engaging the waterfront promenade with additional public program.

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the robust steel frames are composed with curved bracing members
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in service of the marina, the elongated structure running parallel to the water’s edge combines reception area, changing rooms, workshops, administration offices, two training rooms, a conference room, and group of commercial spaces. to complement, the smaller buildings in perpendicular orientation contain a restaurant and a spa/gym, respectively.

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the building’s glass envelopes sit within the structural frames
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marina gaia barbosa e guimaraes arquitectos portugal designboom

the structural arrangement allows for open ground planes for the smaller buildings
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marina gaia barbosa e guimaraes arquitectos portugal designboom

the complex serves both the private marina as well as the public passing
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marina gaia barbosa e guimaraes arquitectos portugal designboom

a terraced seating area opens onto the waterfront promenade
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marina gaia barbosa e guimaraes arquitectos portugal designboom

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marina gaia barbosa e guimaraes arquitectos portugal designboom

an outdoor patio looks out to the marina
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among other functions, the long building contains various gallery and commercial spaces
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marina gaia barbosa e guimaraes arquitectos portugal designboom

photo © jose campos

marina gaia barbosa e guimaraes arquitectos portugal designboom

photo © jose campos