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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Party Animal in Praça de S. Paulo, Portugal by LIKEarchitects

 
August 11th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LIKEarchitects

Regardless of its obvious architectonic and historic value and its central location in the city of Lisbon, the square of S. Paulo has been merely a passage site on the way to the underground clubs and bars on the downtown area – paradoxically marginal and desert in the centre of the city.

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

  • Construction Date: May 2011
  • Principal Use: Stage
  • Floor Area: 80m² (8m x 10m)
  • Clear Room Height: 6m
  • Volume: 480m3
  • Lightning Design: LIKEarchitects (Diogo Aguiar,  Teresa Otto)
  • Structure: OutrosMercadus

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Taking advantage of the celebrations of the patron saint of the city – St. António – that take place during the whole month of June, the cultural association Parafernália joined forces with Ordem dos Arquitectos in order to revitalize and reactivate this site placing it again on the city routes.

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

The idea was that the intervention would focus mainly on an attractive stage to be the platform for the invited artists to act. It should be a single low-cost object with the ability to be the engine of this new centre of cultural events – a temporary piece that would be the star both of the square and the parties, made to receive not only popular concerts, but also rock, world music, fado nights and DJs.

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Despite the scarce resources and the huge volumetric scale desired for the stage, this lightweight structure (made out of prefabricated modular parts) was designed to impose itself as an iconic urban catalyser while retaining and respecting the consolidated spatial hierarchy of the square. At the same time, it is a project that takes advantage of the use of colour as an urban activator contrasting with the subdued colour of the old town.

Images Courtesy Teresa Otto

The front of the stage resembles the historic building of “Casa dos Bicos”, just nearby, and also the typical balloons of the St. António festivities. Its picturesque scenic forms were attained by the superimposition of standard structures coated of textile material dyed in red.

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Considering the given implantation, the stage box itself was designed to be intangible and to mingle with the people and the city. As it is just a cover for the rain, it is transparent (plastic), letting the historical monument behind it – St. Paul’s Church – to be part of the intervention and fully visible from all over the square.

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

During the day, the sunlight of Lisbon makes the fabric glow red and reveals the expressive projections of the structure’s shadows. At night, when the events take place, the stage is illuminated into a sinuous frame of red light. Being useful for the all month for the local community, this project was a temporary action that hopefully will remain on time.

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

Images Courtesy Francisco Nogueira

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