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Mon, 11 July 2022
Optimum store at the Westfield Garden State Plaza in New Jersey, USA

There's nothing as incredible as the changes and strides happening in interior retail design in 2022. Customers are back in full force, and companies need to work hard to make themselves stand out and be deemed worthy of closing the deal and making a sale.

These are some of the most popular interior retail projects we see in 2022 and why this idea matters all over the world.

Text by Roger Marx (contributor to the Innovative Building Materials blog)
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Wed, 18 May 2022

The Architizer A+Awards 2022 has now entered the voting stages and the Popular Choice Award is open for public voting. Pedro Hispano Hospital’s ICU is in the running alongside 5 other finalists to win in the Architecture +Health category.

You can help Ventura + Partners win by voting in Pedro Hispano Hospital’s ICU on Architizer A+Awards website until May 27th. In order to vote you must log into your Architizer A+Awards account or register on the site.

As a reminder, this is a pro-bono project, developed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has already been distinguished both nationally and internationally, being part of the official selection of several competitions such as the WAN Awards, the World Architecture Festival, the German Design Awards, the Prémios Arquitetura, Sustentabilidade e Inovação, the Prémios Construir and the Prémios Lusófonos de Arquitectura e Design de Interiores.

Wed, 11 May 2022

Ventura + Partners was distinguished with the CUF Hospital Porto, Primavera Building and Chantre House projects by Architecture Press Release.

The projects were Gold Award Winners of UDAD 2022 - Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards, in the categories Public Building Built, Office Building Built and Housing Single Family Built, respectively.

Tue, 29 March 2022

Studyou is nominated for Building of the Year 2022 at Prémio Nacional do Imobiliário, a competition organized by Magazine Imobiliário. There are 56 finalist projects in the different categories of the prize: Offices, Housing, Collective Equipment, Tourism, Interior Design and Rehabilitation.

In the Collective Equipment category, 6 finalists were selected, including Studyou, a University Residence located on the university campus of Asprela. Combining privacy with socialization, study with leisure, and comfort with functionality, the residence aims to allow the best possible integration of students into the university world.

The winners of the various categories will be known at the awards ceremony that is taking place on April 7 in Sintra, Portugal.

Tue, 11 January 2022

The Essenza project has been distinguished with an Honorable Mention by the International Design Awards (IDA) 2021 in the category of Architecture - Residential Building.

The International Design Awards exist to recognize excellence in architecture that goes far beyond the practical purposes of a building. It was created in 2007 to celebrate smart and sustainable multidisciplinary designs and to discover emerging talent in Architecture.

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Wed, 05 January 2022

Ventura + Partners’ project Buganvílias has won the International Residential Architecture Awards in the category of Multi-Family Housing.

Organized by The Architecture Community, this is one of the world’s most prestigious awards in the architecture world, which recognizes outstanding ideas for its perfect harmony between nature, cities, and communities.

Buganvílias prove that architecture is a dynamic art and science that lives to and based on the world around.

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Wed, 22 December 2021

Manuel Ventura was a guest in Tarde Informativa, a tv show at Porto Canal, to talk about Ventura + Partners’ distinction as Firm of the Year 2021 by Architecture MasterPrize.

Thu, 09 December 2021

Our project for the Pedro Hispano Hospital's ICU was distinguished once again, winning Gold in the Pro-bono Architecture category of the 2021 WAN Awards. This is a special project for us because it fully represents the power of cooperation and teamwork.

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Mon, 06 December 2021

Our Intensive Care Unit extension project at Pedro Hispano Hospital, in Matosinhos, was a finalist in the built work category of the Architecture Sustainability and Innovation Awards 2021. Promoted by Ordem dos Arquitetos, the national competition aims to recognize works considered exemplary, innovative, and significant in the field of sustainability and eco-efficiency.

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Mon, 29 November 2021

Making architecture "is like poetry, the message and meaning go far beyond the weight or measure of words" – Manuel Ventura

We are pleased to announce the publication of Archinews n.55, an edition entirely dedicated to Ventura + Partners, currently available at various points of sale across the country. Published by Archi&Book's, this monographic work presents 26 built projects — a representative selection of the atelier's production — and also includes an introduction by professor Carlos Alho and an interview with architect Manuel Ventura.

Our special thanks to everyone who has been a part of our history over the past 27 years.

Wed, 17 November 2021

Ventura + Partners was awarded the title of Firm of the Year 2021 by Architecture MasterPrize, in the Large Firm of the Year in Multi-Disciplinary Architecture category. The first edition of the Firm of the Year Award honors the total body of work and achievements during the company’s lifetime, evaluating the dimensions of design excellence, innovation & contribution, and expertise.

Tue, 19 October 2021

Ventura + Partners will be present at the 4th edition of DECORHOTEL ‒ a trade fair for design, construction, decoration, equipment, products, and services for the hotel industry ‒ at FIL, in Lisbon. Promoted by ArchiNews, the conference “Ventura + Partners: One Work, 5 Projects” will be conducted by architect Manuel Ventura and will take place on October 22, at 10:15 am, in the FIL auditorium.

Fri, 15 October 2021

Essenza has won platinum at the Titan Property Awards, in the “Multi Unit Housing Low Rise” category.

This is the highest distinction in the real estate industry competition organized by the IAA, International Awards Associates, in the United States of America.

The purpose of the award is to recognize outstanding designs, creative ideas and pivotal techniques that go into creating unique infrastructure around the world.

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Mon, 27 September 2021

STUDYOU – the most recent student residence in Porto – has just been inaugurated. Located in the Asprela university hub, the building was designed by Ventura + Partners, an architecture firm led by architect Manuel Ventura. The familiar concept is the cornerstone of the project, whose main objective is to offer a welcoming and safe environment that allows the best possible integration of students in the university world.

Vertically structured on eight floors, the building includes 220 suites, fully equipped with a private bathroom, double bed, fridge, desk, wardrobe, and storage space. In addition to 7 kitchens and laundry, the university residence is distinguished by its common areas, such as lounge spaces, garden with barbecue, and cinema room. Through different chromatic rules and graphics, the wards assume distinct identities to encourage students to express themselves, form bonds, and develop their lifestyles within their communities.

Tue, 14 September 2021

At the International Architecture Awards 2020/2021 ceremony in Athens on September 10th, our lead architect Manuel Ventura accepted the trophy that recognizes our Nefrodouro project as a 2020 winner.

In 2020, Ventura + Partners was one of the winners of the International Architecture Awards 2020. The Nefrodouro Hemodialysis Clinic project was distinguished in the health care category and was present at the exhibition The City and The World – at Contemporary Space Athens, Greece , during October and November last year.

The European Center for Architecture, Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum - Museum of Architecture and Design are the entities responsible for awarding and organizing the event.

Wed, 01 September 2021

The LOOP Design Awards 2021 has now entered the voting stages and the People's Choice Award is open for public voting. Essenza is in the running to win in the Architecture category.

All the 638 submitted entries are now published and people around the world will help to decide the People’s Choice Award for every category, placing their vote online on their favorite entries. The most voted projects will win the People’s Choice Award in eight different areas.

You can help Ventura + Partners win by voting in Essenza's page on LOOP’s website (“+1 VOTE” button).

To remember that Essenza is also competing to be the winner in the 2021 International Design & Architecture Awards and everyone can vote here for our residential project.

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Wed, 25 August 2021

Ventura + Partners features on this year’s WAN Awards shortlist with Pedro Hispano Hospital’s ICU in the Pro-bono Architecture category.

The global WAN Awards acknowledge excellent architecture. In its 13th year, the awards recognize the outstanding works of innovative and imaginative architects worldwide.

The Pro-bono Architecture category is a special WAN award focusing on projects with a humanitarian focus at their core. The finalists are examples of built work developed pro-bono or with particular attention from a corporate social responsibility (CSR) standpoint contributing to the built environment in a way that benefits communities.

The 2021 WAN Awards are judged by an extensive panel of top international experts who put entries through a rigorous and trusted process and reinforce the awards’ truly global outlook. The V+ project shortlisted received a warm review by the judges:

"Whilst simple, it is elegant in its approach; clever in its design and buildability (...) This is everything pro bono work should be and is really inspiring work."

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Fri, 20 August 2021

From over 4,700 entries from 87 countries to Dezeen Awards this year, Ventura + Partners is one of the 121 studios that is in the running for awards in the six different studio categories.

Our studio is now with Dezeen’s panel of leading industry figures – including Olafur Eliasson, Sumayya Vally, and Arthur Casas – who will decide which projects will be included on shortlists and ultimately the winner in each category.

Shortlists will be revealed in September, which will be followed by the Dezeen Awards 2021 public vote. Winners will be announced in November.

Dezeen’s awards programme celebrates the world's best architecture, interiors and design as well as studios and individuals producing the most outstanding work.

See the full studio longlist here.

Wed, 18 August 2021

Ventura + Partners’ project Essenza has been selected as a finalist in the 2021 International Design & Architecture Awards. The work is now competing to be the winner in the Residential Architecture Property Category.

Instead of a panel of 10 or 12 industry professionals, the competition has thousands of industry professionals voting on all shortlisted projects on Design et al’s website.

Everyone can help Ventura + Partners win by voting for Essenza. Voting for all shortlisted projects is now open and will run for four weeks, until 15th September. Votes have to be cast in every category, and only one vote per email address is permitted.

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Mon, 19 July 2021

Essenza and Pedro Hispano Hospital’s ICU have been selected as finalists in the Housing and Health categories – Completed Buildings – of the 2021 World Architecture Festival Awards.

WAF takes place this year in Lisbon, Portugal, from December 1-3. The festival includes live presentations, evaluations, lectures and the announcement of award winners. As a shortlisted firm, Ventura + Partners will now present the two projects to a panel of judges at the annual event.

The world’s largest architectural program, WAF shortlisted 292 projects from architects and designers representing 47 countries. Some of the shortlisted studios include BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Foster & Partners, SOM (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill), Zaha Hadid Architects, among others.

Fri, 16 July 2021

Ventura + Partners’ Essenza has just been distinguished as a Grands Prix du Design silver winner. Designed to be experienced, the luxury multifamily housing was awarded in the Architecture – Residential Building category at the 14th edition of the Canadian competition.

This is the fifth time that Essenza building has been awarded in international competitions, being included in the official selection of awards programs such as the German Design Awards, the London International Creative Competition, and the Architect of The Year Awards.

Created in 2007 in Canada with the mission of recognizing the excellence of designers and architects who have distinguished themselves through exemplary practice, the Grand Prix du Design was originally open exclusively to firms and professionals with a place of business in Québec.

Now, the competition is open to all design and architecture professionals and students, and the projects are evaluated by the distinguished International Jury, made up of 70 leading professionals, prominent academics, and influential press members, recruited on an international scale.

Tue, 22 June 2021

D. Hugo, the hospitality project from Ventura + Partners that represents an extraordinary harmony between architecture and archaeology, is now under construction.

D. Hugo is a four-star hotel that will be built in Porto, Portugal. The project is developed across three independent buildings, which, reaching different heights and being of different epochs (between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries), will be transformed in order to coexist as a single body.

Overlooking the Douro River and having unique archaeological attributes, D. Hugo promises a truly unique experience. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the summer of 2022.

Tue, 08 June 2021

In the context of Essenza's nomination as a finalist in the 2021 International Design & Architecture Awards, Design et al magazine interviewed Manuel Ventura, founder and lead architect of Ventura + Partners. The interview touched on his design background, some of V+ projects, and the future of design.

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc).

After completing the architecture course at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto, where I first discovered and was influenced by the architecture of Alvaro Siza and all the international and Portuguese modernist architects, I started my career working with the architects Manuel Fernandes de Sá and Francisco Barata Fernandes – my teachers and inescapable names of the Porto school.

In 1994 I created Ventura + Partners, which develops architectural projects, urban planning, technical design, and consultancy. In the last 25 years, we have been developing projects of different scales and in the most diverse architecture segments, such as commercial, corporate, residential, hospitality, industrial, healthcare, mobility, and urban space. Combining a solid experience with ongoing research and innovation, we are committed to pursuing integrated and sustainable solutions through strategic planning. Our mission is to improve people’s lives through architecture, allowing meaningful interactions between them and their surrounding space.

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Tue, 27 April 2021

Developed in the old school complex “Ancorensis” in Vila Praia de Âncora, Caminha, this elderly residence structure presents itself as an innovative geriatric support project at the same time offering a permanent, temporary, and touristic stay for the senior generation.

The Residence will have a capacity of 120 people, with wide, individual, and double bedrooms. The project also contemplates the construction of one-bedroom apartments – for people who want to experience the collective benefits while maintaining their autonomy – a day center for 30 users, home support services for 50 users, a gym, a library, leisure spaces, and a parking lot.

The presentation made last Saturday, April 24th, highlighted the functionality of the project, which will keep the current exterior structure while also creating new green zones, enhancing the connections with the outdoors, and calling attention to the distinct entrances of each area.

After two years of work and cooperation, the project was finally licensed, receiving praises from Miguel Alves, Mayor of Caminha. The construction works will start in May, and the conclusion is set for 2023.

Tue, 13 April 2021

The 2021 MUSE Design Awards have drawn to a close, after officially announcing the winners. This year, Ventura + Partners takes the Interior Design Gold Award in the competition, with Arcádia Flagship Store project. The winning work was created by our retail team for Arcádia – the prestigious Portuguese brand of luxury handmade chocolates.

The MUSE Awards is a series of international competitions hosted by the International Awards Associate (IAA), catering to professionals from various industries in hopes of promoting excellence in their respective fields. In the 2021 edition, IAA set up a jury made up of known professionals belonging to leading companies from the creative and digital industries, found worldwide from 23 countries.

With over 4000 entries entered from all over the world, the competition has shown itself to be one of the leading programs in honoring creative and design excellence.

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Sat, 03 April 2021

The 2020 LICC (London International Creative Competition) winners have been announced, and two Ventura + Partners’ projects were chosen as part of LICC’s Official Selection.

The premium residential building Essenza, in the Build Architecture category, and Hobbit - a meeting point developed for Primavera -, in the Use Product category, are among the 2020 most cutting-edge and innovative projects.

Since starting out in 2006, the London International Creative Competition has been recognizing and rewarding the world’s most fresh and progressive creative talents from every corner of the globe.

LICC artists and designers “work across a diverse range of formats, genres, and industries, creating stunning and essential works of art in their respective fields”, says LICC team. The competition is “not looking for anything done by-the-book but for work that is as visual as it is vital”, the editors add.

Hobbit  Essenza

Wed, 24 February 2021

Currently in construction, the Quinta da Vilarinha project consists of four single-family houses. After the construction of the first house, in 2007, the project was optimized, trying to reduce some areas but maintaining the quality and spatiality of this first lot.

The four row houses are characterized by its connection to the outside spaces that surround them, through patios, pools, terraces, and the openings that frame the green landscape.

The ground floor of each house is characterized by the close connection of the main social spaces of the house with the outside areas. The kitchen proves to be a space of great importance, both for its size and for the connection to the dining space. The living room is marked by the large spans facing the rear patio and the unevenness of three steps in relation to the rest of the floor. All houses have a swimming pool, although they are all different, which enhances the use of the exterior spaces and inevitably also ends up marking the interior spatiality of the ground floor.

Three of the houses are already finished, and the completion of the remaining lot is expected to be in the beginning of the second quarter of this year.

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Wed, 20 January 2021

Ventura + Partners has just been selected as the 2021 Architizer A+Firm Awards Special Mention in the Best Large Firm category.

The A+Firm Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architectural practices. The competition is designed to honor firms of every size, across every region of the world.

The Ventura + Partners office, together with Valdemar Coutinho’s office, places Portugal on a list of winners from more than 50 countries across six continents. More than 400 firms submitted their portfolio for consideration on this inaugural edition.

Winners are chosen by an illustrious jury including such industry luminaries as Kate Wagner (architecture critic), Charles Renfro (architect), Debbie Millman (writer and designer), and Toshiko Mori (architect).

Mon, 18 January 2021

After two honorable mentions given by the international jury of the 2021 German Design Award, Ventura + Partners is now in the running to win the Popular Choice Award.

Everyone can help V+ win by voting for Essenza and Pedro Hispano Hospital's Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The public must register (here) and find the voting option at the bottom of the projects’ pages (Essenza and ICU). Voting is open until February 1st.

Tue, 12 January 2021

Today, on a Webinar hosted by IGAP - Instituto de Gestão e Administração Pública -, Manuel Ventura, founder and CEO of Ventura + Partners, shared his views on the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the city's architecture.

Mon, 04 January 2021

Ventura + Partners’ project Essenza has been selected as runner-up for 2020 The Architecture of The Year Awards, in the Residential Built category.

Promoted by The Architecture Community, the competition recognizes outstanding ideas that redefine Architecture design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution.

The Architect of The Year Awards is one of the most prestigious awards for high-rise architecture. Ventura + Partners is now among the world’s biggest architecture firms, also lauded in this competition.

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Mon, 14 December 2020

Essenza Building was featured at SIC Notícias' Espaços & Casas tv show. Manuel Ventura, CEO of Ventura + Partners, talks about the project.

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Mon, 30 November 2020

The Pedro Hispano Hospital’s Intensive Care project has been selected as a nominee in the 2020 Construir Awards, for the Best Public Project category.

The nominees were selected by Construir’s team and the winners will be elected by the newspaper’s subscribers, who can vote online until 2nd December.

The Construir Awards 2020 is promoted by the newspaper Construir and aims to recognize talents in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Real Estate sectors.

Fri, 30 October 2020

Arcádia has just opened its largest store to date at Galleria, the new premium space at NorteShopping, with Ventura + Partners' signature.

Following a competition for the new space occupation, the shopping mall invited renowned national and international brands to participate, and the V + proposal for Arcádia was elected as one of the winners. Golden, wood, velvet, and marble are some of the 293 square meter store elements.

The tea house offers three completely different spaces to the customer. Below, there is a terrace with table service and an area dedicated exclusively to the promotion and sale of Arcádia chocolates. Upstairs, in the mezzanine, there is a more restricted area where the client can spend more time. This space appears as a kind of viewpoint, overlooking Galleria, as well as the entire Arcádia store and the different environments created by the intervention.

The objective was to allow the customer to travel back in time and get to know more about the renowned Portuguese brand's history, immersed in the environment of refinement and grandeur that characterizes Galleria.

Fri, 09 October 2020

Ventura + Partners was awarded at the Global Future Design Awards 2020. The Andresas Viaduct project won first place in the urban design category, sixteen years after its conclusion. The office places Portugal on a list of winners from more than 20 countries, in which the British Foster + Partners stand out.

Integrated within the Euro 2004 program's scope and access to the Bessa Stadium, the construction of the Andresas Viaduct completed the layout of Avenida do Bessa, designed in the 90s by Manuel Ventura. The viaduct was designed based on the concept of a totalizing metallic structure, capable of containing in a single span the distance between the two sides of the VCI.

To shorten the execution time and cause the least impact on the normal functioning of the VCI, the 900-ton steel structure was assembled piece by piece on the adjacent land on the east side and positioned on-site at night, in just two hours. In this context, this assembly methodology was used for the first time in Portugal through a sliding system using two sets of hydraulic cars. This method was proposed and implemented by GEG, an international consulting and engineering design company based in Porto, responsible for the viaduct's structural calculation. The project has become one of the symbols of the city's growth and a landmark of the continuous improvement of accessibility in a developing urban network.

The Global Future Design Awards competition is organized by the architecture portal Architecture Press Release and aims to recognize ideas that redefine architecture by implementing new technologies, materials, programs, and aesthetics, focusing on themes such as globalization and the digital revolution.

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Thu, 01 October 2020

Ventura + Partners was doubly awarded the maximum distinction at Prémios Lusófonos de Arquitetura e de Design de Interiores.

This was the first edition of the competition, organized by the Lisbon Awards Group and destined only to countries with Portuguese as the official language. Essenza was awarded in the Housing - Apartments category and the Pedro Hispano Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit project won at the Hospital and Health Equipment category.

The award pays tribute to the best projects in the area, taking into account their innovation, creativity, comfort, sustainability, and modernity. In a reality where architecture and interior design are essential to human happiness and the preservation of nature, Prémios Lusófonos de Arquitetura e de Design de Interiores aims to honor the studios and companies that have done more in the development of these sectors, uniting professionals from all over the Portuguese-speaking world.

Mon, 28 September 2020

After being awarded at the International Architecture Awards, the Nefrodouro Hemodialysis Clinic is in the exhibition The City and the World, in Athens, until October 25th.

The opening of the architectural exhibition took place on September 11th, and the event presents the elite group of buildings and urban planning projects, and includes photographic materials and vídeo of the award-winning projects. This year’s selected buildings and urban planning projects are from 38 nations.

Organized to promote international architecture and designed to a global audience, The City and the World is the event that celebrates the largest and oldest program of global awards (IAA), with some of the most important architectural firms in the world.

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Wed, 16 September 2020

Ventura + Partners has just received two Special Mentions at the 2021 edition of German Design Award. The Essenza and Pedro Hispano Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit projects were both awarded in the Excellent Architecture category for “outstanding design quality”.

The Special Mention distinction of the German Design Award pays tribute to consistent design conception and implementation. In each category, an expert jury awards an appropriate number of entries with this mark of excellence for innovative design based on their quality.

The German Design Award is the international premium prize of the German Design Council, which has been operating since 1953 as one of the world’s leading centers of communication and knowledge transfer within design, branding, and innovation. Initiated in 2012, the German Design Awards are amongst the world’s most renowned design awards and enjoy a prestigious reputation that extends well beyond specialist circles.

Thu, 20 August 2020

From a shortlist of over 400 projects, Ventura + Partners’ Nefrodouro Dialysis Clinic has just been distinguished as an International Architecture Awards (IAA) winner.

Organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, The IAA are the highest and most prestigious distinguished building awards program that honor new and cutting-edge design worldwide.

For the 2020 edition, the winners were selected by a Greek jury composed of several distinguished architects, critics, and educators. This annual program promotes international architecture and design to the public audience globally.

This is the second time a Ventura + Partners’ project made the winners list at The IAA. V+’s residential project São Félix Marinha I was a winner of the International Architecture Awards for Best New Global Design, in 2011.

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Wed, 01 July 2020

The new health project conceived by Ventura + Partners, Champs-Élysées Clinic, nears completion. The main floor is ready and the construction is set to be completed in the next two months.

Spanning over two floors, the clinic is characterized by the presence of geometric games and by the plastic richness of the materials. Achieving a balance between social and clinical areas, the result is an elegant and harmonious space, where minimalism is enriched by the complexity of the details.

Located at the heart of Upper East Side, in Manhattan, New York, the Champs-Élysées Clinic is located in a distinguished building from the 1920s – decade that served as a source of inspiration for the project.

Fri, 26 June 2020

Manuel Ventura, founder and CEO of Ventura + Partners, was a guest in Sociedade Civil from RTP2 and talked about the return to the office, the challenges posed by Covid-19, and some of the projects we have been working on.

Thu, 21 May 2020

The new Intensive Care Unit of Pedro Hispano Hospital conceived by Ventura + Partners has drawn special attention from SIC. The exclusive report aired in prime-time on national television on 21st May 2020.

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Tue, 05 May 2020

Ventura + Partners has just completed the extension to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Pedro Hispano Hospital, in Matosinhos, Portugal. Yesterday we celebrated its inauguration in the company of Marta Temido, Minister of Health, Luísa Salgueiro, mayor of Matosinhos City Council, Taveira Gomes, the Hospital’s board director, Rui Araújo, head of ICU, and everyone who made it happen.

The project was developed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, creating 11 negative pressure rooms that guarantee the best treatment conditions for patients and greater safety for health professionals simultaneously. Doubling the number of beds of the ICU, this extension not only reinforces, in the short term, the response capacity of the Hospital against the pandemic but also translates, in the long term, into a new attribute for its regular service. The new unit has already allowed the Hospital to resume its regular activity, including surgery, directly impacting the entire community.

Completed in 25 working days, the project fits the surrounding buildings, while also blending art and science. The drawings by Manuela Oliveira, an artist and retired Visual Education teacher, coexist with a phrase by Pedro Hispano, a 17th-century doctor who lends its name to the Hospital — “Medicine aims to conserve the health and to recover the lost health by eliminating the disease.”

The project involved more than 300 people, among architects, designers, engineers, technicians, and other production and construction workers.

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Mon, 13 April 2020

In partnership with Matosinhos City Council, Germano de Sousa Laboratory and Salvador Caetano Group, Ventura + Partners conceived a mobile testing unit for the Covid-19 detection.

In this highly innovative testing unit, the procedures are simplified: the patient enters the laboratory, and after being registered and tested, comes back out of the bus. In this controlled environment, procedures are agile and contact between professionals and users is reduced.

On the streets of Matosinhos since April 11, this mobile clinic is an alternative to testing in other labs and clinics, while ensuring social distancing. The bus is being used to increase coronavirus testing in the city.

Wed, 18 March 2020

To our customers, suppliers, and partners:

In solidarity with Portugal and the world, Ventura + Partners is committed to contributing to the fight against COVID-19. Following the recommendations of governmental and health entities – and wishing to be an active part of the solution – we inform you that our team is working remotely.

We are making every effort to adapt quickly to this new paradigm. Fortunately, technology allows us to be just a click away from an email, a phone call, or a video call, so we are available and working together.

In a moment like this – when the power of unity and solidarity gives us hope for the future –, we thank you for your trust.

Together, we will overcome the difficult times ahead.

Mon, 02 March 2020

Essenza is nominated for Building of the Year 2020 at Prémio Nacional do Imobiliário, a competition organized by Magazine Imobiliário. There are 29 finalist projects in the different categories of the Prize: Offices, Housing, Collective Equipment, and Tourism, in addition to the Urban Rehabilitation trophy.

In The Housing category, 13 finalists were selected, including Essenza, a premium residential building located in Porto. Dominated by striking lines and glazed with accentuated geometries, Essenza was designed in harmony with the City Park, promoting a close relationship between nature and the building.

The winners of the various categories will be known at the awards ceremony that is taking place on March 5 in Sintra, Portugal.

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Thu, 27 February 2020

Construction at our Antas Garden project is going strong. At the moment, the facade cladding is being applied and will soon be finished.
The choice of materials results in a light-dark contrast: the Estremoz white marble and white alucobond counter the brownish tones of the internal part of the balconies.
The application of white-painted iron grids will further accentuate this color contrast.
Lighting is also one of the project’s cornerstones: the sunkissed rooms provide the building with comfort, harmony, and energy efficiency.
Located in a premium residential area of Porto, Portugal, Antas Garden is expected to be completed by the end of the year

Thu, 30 January 2020

Arcádia’s iconic shop in downtown Porto has just reopened with a fresh new look with Ventura + Partners’ signature.

We can feel the store’s soul from the street: the refurbished shop window unveils the store’s interior, while allowing more sunlight through. The expansion of the store ‒ which now occupies the area previously used as a tea room ‒ gives the space a more fluid and yet monumental character. The furniture design is based on Arcádia’s identity and legacy with a modern flair.

With user experience as the cornerstone of the entire project, we aimed to develop a welcoming atmosphere with a self-service spirit, providing visitors with more power and freedom. A demonstration space where customers can witness closely the artfully craft of almonds was also created.

Through new materials and modern solutions, a proximity environment was created in which modernity, history and the art of chocolate intersect to reach a common goal: customer satisfaction.

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Thu, 16 January 2020

Architizer has selected Ventura + Partners as one of the world’s hottest architecture firms and one to watch in the coming year.

The A+ List comprises every company that won an A+Award last year. “By definition, the architecture firms that win an A+Award are among the world’s most forward-thinking companies — their projects address contemporary challenges and answer clients’ needs in a way that sets them apart from their peers”, says Architizer team. The A+List “provides a comprehensive picture of the world’s best architecture firms, and will be refreshed each year based on the results of the annual A+Awards program”, the editors add.

Find the full list here.

Tue, 10 December 2019

Always seeking to support new forms of cultural and artistic expression, Ventura + Partners has teamed up with Super 9 Mobile Film Fest – an international film festival dedicated exclusively to smartphone filmmaking.

In addition to the festival’s usual categories (animation, fiction, experimental, music video and documentary) this sixth edition features two new prizes: one that celebrates the link between cinema and architecture – the Ventura + Partners Architecture Award – and the Grand Prix Super 9, destined for the winner of any of the other categories.

The annual online competition seeks to find the best films in different genres, lasting up to 15 minutes. The entries for this edition – which will distribute 15.000€ in prizes – can be submitted by December 31. Winners will be announced in 2020.

Mon, 04 November 2019

Chantre took the silver medal in the Best of the Best – Bauhaus Prize category of the 2019 WAN Awards. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus movement, this special award aimed to recognize the best Bauhaus-inspired project completed in the last five years.

The 2019 edition culminated with a ceremony at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch that brought together architects, interior designers, consultants, developers, engineers and PR companies from across the globe. Ventura + Partners took part in the ceremony, which hoped to celebrate, inform and inspire the future of architecture and interior design.

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Wed, 30 October 2019

BessaHotel Liberdade has been awarded the Director’s Special Mention on 2A Continental Architectural Awards 2019 in the Europe Public category. The recipients were just announced at the 2ACAA Awards Ceremony, which took place in Madrid.

This year, the finalists and winners were chosen by a notable jury including Chitra K. Vishwanath, Santiago de Molina, Benjamin Iborra, Areti Markopoulou and Francisco Burgos.

Founded to recognize world achievements in Architecture, 2ACAA pays tribute to architects whose artwork exhibits ability, vision, flair, and dedication. 2ACAA annual event is organized by 2A (Architecture & Art) Magazine, which inspires a dialogue among Asian, European, African, and American practitioners.

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Fri, 25 October 2019

Deloitte Digital Lisbon has just been nominated as one of the Best Private Projects in the Architecture category of the Construir Awards 2019.

The nominees were selected by Construir’s team and the winners will be chosen by the newspaper’s subscribers, who can vote online until 6th November.

Promoted by newspaper Construir, Construir Awards 2019 aim at recognizing talent in the Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Real Estate sectors. The nominees in the Architecture category include Luís Rebelo de Andrade, Fábio Ferreira Neves, Saraiva + Associados, among others.

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Wed, 18 September 2019

The Architecture MasterPrize has announced this year’s most innovative, creative and inspiring projects. From over a thousand entries from over 60 countries, three Ventura + Partners’ projects were distinguished in the Architectural Design category.

Nefrodouro and BessaHotel Liberdade are winners in the Healthcare Architecture and Hospitality Architecture subcategories, respectively, and Casa Chantre has received an Honorable Mention in the Residential Architecture subcategory.

The winners were selected by a panel of architects, curators, academics and industry experts, in order to promote exceptional talent. With the mission to advance the appreciation of quality architectural design worldwide, MasterPrize celebrates the very best in creativity and design excellence.

Fri, 23 August 2019

Ventura + Partners features on this year’s WAN Awards shortlist with Casa Chantre in the Best of the best - Bauhaus category.

With a concrete structure, Casa Chantre has a strong geometric component and represents a clear harmony between function, aesthetics and technology. The unification of the arts is one of Chantre’s inescapable characteristics, in which architecture and sculpture merge and act as a cohesive and inseparable whole.

Bauhaus prize is a special WAN award for the best “Bauhaus inspired” project, celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the Bauhaus movement.

Also in the running is Praxis d’Architecture with the project Tian Yun Affordable Office. The final results will be announced on Thursday 24th October.

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Tue, 06 August 2019

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.

Fri, 19 July 2019

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.

Wed, 10 July 2019

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).

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Thu, 27 June 2019

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.

Wed, 26 June 2019

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.

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Thu, 30 May 2019

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.

Fri, 17 May 2019

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.

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Mon, 29 April 2019

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.

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Sat, 15 December 2018

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.

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Thu, 06 December 2018

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.

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Tue, 23 October 2018

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.

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Mon, 15 January 2018

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.

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Wed, 20 December 2017

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.

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Wed, 13 December 2017

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.

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Wed, 15 November 2017

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.

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