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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.

Olympia Cinema in Porto, Portugal by NO Arquitectos Lda.

 
April 5th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: NO Arquitectos Lda.

Design a disco club could be frightening and it may become a very naughty challenge. The requirements of the main public and the final purpose is the opposite of my main beliefs on architecture.
Some keywords for a program like this are ‘entertainment’, ‘vanity’, ‘excess’, ‘fantasy’ and somehow ‘performance’ seeking legitimacy.
Austerity and delict may coexist, depending on the critical state of awareness of the facts and its proper resolution, as A. Loos stood for. I’m out to read.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

  • Architects: NO Arquitectos Lda. (José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira, arch.)
  • Project: Olympia Cinema
  • Location: Rua Passos Manuel, Porto
  • Photography: Arménio Teixeira
  • Colaborators: André Oliveira arch; Hugo Araújo arch; Juliana Costa arch.
  • Client: Olympia Will
  • Constructors: Paulo Jesus Ribeiro; Vidraria da Povoa; Construções Perfeição; Alcino Tavares; Nelson Cunha; Joaquim Lopes; Sersilport; António Castro Sousa; Cozimoreira; Vidraria Barbosa

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The Olympia Cinema was first opened to public in 1912. The social communication has announced it as a very elegant and modular space with an extreme luxurious ambient. Throughout its 100 years of existence, it has undergone several usages and therefore profound changes in its interiors, remaining, from the original project, only the façade.In the 80’s, the building has changed from a cinema theatre to a gambling house. At this time, it had its most deep architectural intervention, losing permanently the fine qualities of a wide room and its ornamental richness, as it’s been described in historical documents. In the first visit, we were faced with anonymous interiors with no significant value. The change of the building’s usage to a restaurant/nightclub preserves the main structure of the space. In the façade, we restored the original elements and we erased all the others mis-characterizing additions. On the other hand, we adapt the interiors to the new technical requirements of the place.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Proposed modification:
1. relocate the staircase,
2. build new and full mobility toilette’s,
3. divide the continuous space in two levels (ground and 1st floor)

Proposed rehabilitation:
1. conception of the structuring equipments (bars and DJ box), the fixed furniture (VIP cabins) and all the residual furnishing (lamps, chairs and stools, tables,..),
2. replacement and addition of new wall and ceiling coverings required by the integrity of the acoustic work,
3. new design of lighting and decor

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The building has 3 floors, 2 of them above of the street’s height.
The ground and the 1st floor are public.
The ground floor is dedicated to the restaurant and the dance floor, after dining hours. The 1st floor is occupied by the administration, private clubbing and other required multi events.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

The clients’ insistent requests for decorating, shaping and colouring were recycled into the proposal of a unique and continuous wall covering. This would give us all (the shapes, the lights, and the colour) in a single element. In the centre of our concerns, a question is still not clear:
‐ How to materialize the answer to the high levels requirements of material resistance, durability, acoustic and security questions.
The answer:
‐ A skin of steel, sliced by the light ‐ RGB Led program – covering the materials of absorption acoustic. The density of this skin and the cuttings will help to the absorption of the sound ‐ already did to A. Loos.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Through the space, the same flower defines the different ceilings with distinct shapes.
The outdoors were padded.
The façade, fairly well conserved, was repaired and cleaned.
Regarding the Porto’s urban landscape, we have chosen the light greys. Now, Olympia also differs from the ochre next door neighbour, the Coliseum, bringing back its singularity in the city.

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © Arménio Teixeira

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

Image Courtesy © NO Arquitectos Lda.

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