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Baixa Bar in Porto, Portugal by José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto
November 26th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: José Carlos Cruz
For years, Porto Downtown was a day-time zone. This was the civic center and buildings were occupied by offices and commercial stores. The gentrification phenomenon made people move to periferic and cheaper zones, leaving housing buildings empty and a desert atmosphere at night.
With the advent of new rehabilitation politics and a series of incentives, new kinds of businesses were created and in two years turned the whole civic-center into the bohemian-center. BAIXA stands for “Downtown” and its inserted in a context where buildings have a Paris beaux-arts style. The idea for the Project was set on that Parisian ambiance as a starting point.
The space was divided in two rooms with the facilities between them. One is destinated to relax and have a drink. The other one is to dance. The first room, next to the entrance Works as an extension of the exterior environment. Decorated with plaster frames on the walls and rosettes on the ceiling, The Deco Style is abruptly interrupted by a sculpted tunnel that links into the other room .
With a whole different environment, the second room is where the dance floor is located and was inspired on a Sol Lewitt installation. The mirror ceiling gives it the “Disco look” that was intended.
José Carlos Marques Cruz
José Carlos Marques Cruz was born in Porto in 1957 and graduated in architecture in FAUP, in 1986. He began his work in the same year and continues as a planner till today, sometimes in partnerships with other architects and other times individually. Has already a wide range of completed projects either as architecture or as interior design with the most varied programs, such as single and multifamily housing, shopping and services around Europe, North America, South America and Asia.
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