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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.

Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos in Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

January 4th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CVDB Arquitectos

The CITA [Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos – Arraiolos Tapestry Museum] is located at Arraiolos main public space, the Praça Lima e Brito, where the town hall is sited. The project for the museum consists in a contemporary intervention that defines a selective strategy to deal with the existing elements. It proposes a clear spatial organization to respond to the programmatic and technological requirements, thus bringing to the building a coherent and continuous exhibition narrative that is focused on all the cycles of production of this particular tapestry.

Exterior square

  • Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
  • Project: Centro Interpretativo do Tapete de Arraiolos – Arraiolos Tapestry Museum
  • Location: Praça Lima e Brito, Arraiolos
  • DESIGN TEAM: CVDB Arquitectos Associados, Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay com Tiago Filipe Santos
  • COLLABORATION: Ângelo Branquinho, Laura Palma, José Maria Lavena, Ariadna Nieto e Miguel Traveso
  • Foundation and structural engineers: AFA Consult
  • LANDSCAPE PROJECT: F&C Arquitectura Paisagista
  • CONSULTANT: Prof. Arq. José Aguiar
  • CLIENT: Arraiolos Municipality
  • TOTAL COST: 750.000,00 €
  • TOTAL BUILT AREA: 1.000,00 m²

Exterior view

The programme is organised through a central spiral that begins at the entrance, then follows to the main hall, the nucleus of the new museum, a space with double headroom, that links all the spaces of the CITA, and then to the different public spaces, the multipurpose room, the educational spaces, and to the temporary and permanent exhibitions spaces.
The project establishes a more contained intervention for the ground floor, maintaining most of the key architectural existing elements such as the dome ceilings. The exhibition spaces on the first floor present contemporary ceilings that work as inverted cones that culminated on skylights to bring into these spaces a well controlled natural light.
The new museum will bring a new light to this building and a sense of both tradition and modernity to Arraiolos social and cultural life.

Interior View-01


The Architecture practice CVDB ARQUITECTOS was founded by Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay in 1999. The studio work ranges from urban design projects to new buildings, from rehabilitation of old buildings to interior architecture or ephemeral structures. The studio is committed to develop a professional practice associated to architectural research, understanding each project as an open and participated field to all involved in the design process, exploring current design practices and building design methods that position architecture as part of a larger physical and cultural landscape and considering the individual’s experience and perception of urban spaces. The practice has had several national and international design awards, has been invited to lecture in Portugal, Spain, France, Argentina and the USA. Their work has been published and exhibited in several countries, such as Portugal, France, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Mexico and China.

Interior View-02

Cristina Veríssimo graduated in Architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura (FA-UTL) and has a Masters from the GSD, Harvard. She worked with João Luis Carrilho da Graça in Lisbon and with Zaha Hadid in London. She has been a jury and lectured in schools in Hong Kong, Europe, Argentina, USA, and currently teaches design studio at the Faculdade de Arquitectura in Lisbon.

Interior View-03

Diogo Burnay graduated in Architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura (FA-UTL) and has a Masters from the Bartlett, London. He worked in Lisbon, London and Macau. He taught and lectured in schools in Hong Kong, Europe, was the Cass Gilbert Professor at CALA, University of Minnesota, 2002 and 2006, was the Ralph Hawkins professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Texas, Arlington, in the fall 2007 and currently teaches design studio at the Faculdade de Arquitectura in Lisbon.

Interior View-04

Lecture room

Multimedia room

Reception hall

Asnas room

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