Arcádia has consolidated its presence in Porto, through a new space at NorteShopping mall. The prestigious Portuguese brand of luxury handmade chocolates has just opened a brand new coffee box, providing shopkeepers and visitors with the perfect spot to take a break, at any time of the day.
Through a new spatial organization, the concept offers customers a fast service while maintaining the high quality standards and the familiarity that characterize the brand. Seeking the balance between modernity and tradition, new materials and furniture were introduced.
The predominance of beige and polished stainless steel keeps the environment sophisticated and innovative but also functional. On the other hand, the large windows directly above the kiosk allow the natural daylight to enter, making the space look warmer and cozy.
It’s no secret: Europe’s new tech hubs are emerging in unexpected places, far from the capitals. The next will be born in Santa Maria da Feira, in Portugal, as part of the City’s Hall rehabilitation project. The hub will breathe new life into Visionarium, a science center which has been closed since the first half of 2018.
The exterior, with an aesthetic aligned with Europarque – with whom the hub will maintain strong synergies – leaves you guessing what is inside: an avant-garde space with a strong technological component, supported by innovative solutions.
The business center will comprise five offices prepared to receive large companies in the fields of technology, information, communications, and electronics. The first of these companies is already known: ITCenter, a consulting and software company that develops and supplies communication and security solutions for the Service Provider industry.
Each office will have its own image and personality while sharing a common language with the rest of the building. Sharing is, in fact, the foundation of the whole project and, more than allowed, it’s encouraged.
The lounge area – one of the building’s highlights – will serve all companies, promoting the synergies between them. Located in the iconic dome of the former exhibition center, this space will include conference and meeting rooms, as well as recreation and dining areas.
Deloitte Digital Lisbon has just been selected as the 2019 Architizer A+Awards Popular Choice Winner in the Commercial - Office Interiors (<25000 sq ft) category.
The Popular Choice Winners were selected by the online voting public after a 10-day campaign which collected over 400.000 votes.
Besides Ventura + Partners, the finalists in this category were the Canadian dkstudio, Station Neo from South Korea, and Archistry and Kris Lin, both from China.
This year, the finalists were chosen by a renowned jury including industry experts such as Denise Scott Brown, Bjarke Ingels and Tom Kunding, as well as personalities from beyond architecture like Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos), Yves Behar (Fuseproject), John Edelman (CEO, Design Within Reach) and Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity).
Porto is preparing to welcome a very special hotel, which will breathe new life into a historical land with high archaeological value. Integrated in the “Limit of the Historic Centre of Porto included in the UNESCO World Heritage List”, the hotel will be born in D. Hugo Street, with great views over the Douro River.
The archaeological research found a set of vestiges with high patrimonial value, due to their rarity, chronology and state of conservation. The project not only foresees the preservation of the most important archaeological structures ‒ namely, those of the “castro” period ‒ but it also invests on their valorization, through a solution that can be enjoyed both by the hotel clients and by other type of visitors.
Castro culture is the archaeological term for the material culture of the Iberian Peninsula’s northwestern regions from the end of the Bronze Age until it was incorporated into the Roman culture. “Castros” were fortified settlements situated in strategic places to defend the population.
The project ‒ whose construction is about to start ‒ is characterized by the permanent interconnection between architecture and archeology, which will go hand in hand in all phases of the process.
Ventura + Partners’ project Deloitte Lisbon has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 Architizer A+Awards for the Office Interiors (<25000 sq ft.) category.
The work is now competing for two different Architizer A+ awards: the Jury Award and the Popular Choice Award. The online public chooses the Architizer A+ Popular Choice Award and public voting is open until July 5th.
The Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products, connecting architects with the tools they need to build better buildings, better cities, and a better world.
Ventura + Partners has just won two prizes in the 2019 Muse Design Awards competition, out of more than 2.000 submissions from 42 countries.
Foz House has been awarded with the Platinum Recognition, the competition’s highest distinction, in the Renovation subcategory. BessaHotel Liberdade won the Silver Prize, in the Hospitality subcategory. Both projects were awarded in the Architectural Design category.
The Muse Design Awards is an international competition that honors the ability to see the landscape we live in, shaping it to design a better tomorrow. “We recognize the breakthrough achievements of these true innovators, who live by the words, ‘make the world a better place for all’”, said Kenjo Ong, CEO of the competition. This year, the jury panel included 42 renowned, experienced, and brand new judges from 22 countries worldwide.
The residential project Casas das Buganvílias, which started in 2016 in Porto, is coming to an end.
Among the five row houses, two are already completed and the finishing touches are being put on the other three. The main accesses and the common areas are also completed.
The maintenance of the existing green space – which were a project’s key feature – are now materialized in the fully-grown gardens, with grass, shrubs and bougainvilleas.
From the Roman emperors, through Michelangelo to the present day, those looking for the best marble know where to find it: Carrara. Located in north-western Tuscany, Carrara is integrated in a province that extends from the Apuan Alps coast, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea.
Carrara quarries resemble a parallel universe: delicate and severe; natural and industrial; beautiful and bizarre; and immensely white. Here are extracted some of the most valuable stones on the planet, that lend their beauty, refinement and delicacy to the four corners of the world.
In September, Ventura + Partners traveled to Carrara, together with the supplier, Mercado da Pedra, and the client, Desafios Geniais, to choose the marble that would be applied in Essenza’s bathrooms. The blocks were brought from Italy, cut, treated and fully prepared in Portugal by our supplier and the application has already started.
Quinta da Vilarinha, designed and conceived by Ventura + Partners, with Gondor - structures, plumbing and acoustics - presents the construction of three row houses, which were thought together as a single volume. At this time, the project foundations and ground floor slab are completed, and everything is set to move forward with the implementation of the pillars, beams and the first floor slab.View project
At the beginning of December, at the heart of Paris, SFR Forum des Halles opened as a symbolic place, since it is the 150th store to be conceived according to the “content store” concept.
Representing the fixed-mobile – and content – convergence, the store matches the SFR customers’ news patterns of omnichannel consumption. Transparency is key to the new concept, both in what concerns architecture – the imposing but inviting glass facade reveals the shop’s interior – as well as the store’s functions, that allow the customer to have access to all the information of a certain product, in a simple and reliable way.
In the last decade, Ventura + Partners has consolidated its experience in the retail segment and has created an important department dedicated to developing projects exclusively in this area. Just across the street from Ventura + Partners headquarters, the new retail unit ⎼ an open space office with more than 30 workstations, which benefit from a maximum use of natural light and the existing patio ⎼ answers the need for innovation and modernization in the field of commercial architecture. The “Garden” ⎼ whose name is inspired by the interior garden located in the building’s rear facade ⎼ is marked by evident simplicity and functionality, and by a touch of nature.View project
To make the difference in how the consumer visits and experiences a telecommunications store is the underlying idea that led to the new MEO store’s proximity concept in Portugal, which opened the way for an improved customer service ⎼ through a new way of thinking about space.
Through the creation of strategic paths, the use of new materials, and the careful design of the original furniture, the aim was to create an environment that captivates the consumers, making them feel at home. Customers can be attended comfortably and experience in loco all the services and products, which are displayed more attractively and effectively.
Nefrodouro Clinic, a new dialysis center located near Aveiro, was designed and conceived by Ventura + Partners and constructed by Tirion Works Management. This project reflects founder Manuel Ventura’s long-held belief that healthcare spaces should be designed to combine quality advanced care with upscale amenities and architecturally significant design, aiming excellence in patient care.View project
Buganvílias is the newest residential complex in Aldoar, close to Boavista Avenue and Porto City Park. This set of five houses is signed by Ventura + Partners and promoted by Jomarvil, responsible for the construction of other neighboring housing complexes.View project
The luxurious Essenza building, a bold residential complex with a privileged location - near Boavista Avenue - and a superb view over the Porto City Park, began to be built. The expressive facade with wide opening - allowing a fluid dialogue with its surroundings - is one of the project’s highlights. The completion date is set for 2019.View project