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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.

Metamorfose in Porto, Portugal by FAHR 021.3

 
March 19th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: FAHR 021.3

Amid the architectural diversity of one of the most representative areas in Porto, Metamorfose,​by creative team FAHR 021.3, stands out. The impact of the green metal mesh filling the void by one of the city’s gateway is undeniable. The result of this intimate dialogue with the city is absolute perfection when bringing together all the elements that make up the area around São Bento train station.

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Image Courtesy © FAHR 021.3

  • Architects: FAHR 021.3
  • Project: Metamorfose
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Team:
    • Creative Project​- FAHR 021.3
    • Light Design​– José Nuno Sampaio
    • Engineer​- NCREP
    • Execution​- LETRATEC
  • Development Promoter: Porto Lazer
  • Key Features:
    • Materials​ – Quadrangular profile steel
    • Dimensions – (approx.)​28m extension, 12m height, 5m depth Weight​6000 kg
    • Number of intersections – ​200
    • Materials in metres​ – 400 running metres
    • Colour – C​opper oxide

Image Courtesy © FAHR 021.3

Image Courtesy © FAHR 021.3

Provocation is on its way. Where today decay, destruction and desertion are what is left, Metamorfose has found its place. The ruin, part of the history of the city, is now an area of intervention and, first and foremost, of imagination. It engages the eye and induces discomfort. It creates a new scenery in Porto and dignifies a space that was once destitute.

Six tons of steel, 28 metres long, 11 metres high, 5 metres deep and almost 200 intersections, all different – these are data that compose this digitally developed metal mesh. A mesh that finds its physicality in the irregularity that is a by-product of the human hand. In line with the creative team’s philosophy, the plastic gesture, which breaks free from formalisms and rules in construction, in a city centre such as Porto, puts into evidence the intent of provoking and surprising people. The use of colour itself, default in 3D modelling software, is a statement of its challenging essence.

Image Courtesy © FAHR 021.3

Image Courtesy © FAHR 021.3

This is the only way Metamorfose would ever make sense for the duo FAHR 021.3. Framed by the L​ocomotiva​initiative, promoted by P​orto Lazer,​the team present a project that sums up their provocative vision and reflects a new architectural and artistic approach to one of the most characteristic elements in Porto – void spaces. FAHR looks at these spaces, found repeatedly throughout the city, and see possible opportunities for intervention and imagination.

Exception is provocative. Disruption is challenging. City and structure strike up a dialogue. Metamorphosis awakes. Possible interpretations are endless, intent is attained.

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