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