Located on São Miguel, a volcanic island in Portugal's Azores archipelago, the Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center is a stunning project that has revived an oold complex formerly used as an alcohol and tobacco factory.
The Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center is already making waves in the world of architecture, having been shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe award and nominated for the European Union's 2015 architecture prize.
The Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center will house living quarters for resident artists, studios, laboratories, rooms for performing arts and exhibition galleries. The arts center also incorporated a rainwater harvesting system and was a project involving architects Francisco Vieira de Campos, Cristina Guedes and João Mendes Ribeiro, who say they aimed to contrast the differing architecture on the complex in order to reflect its history.
The Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center is a Gathering Place
1. Revitalized Cultural Spaces - The Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center demonstrates the trend of transforming old industrial spaces into vibrant cultural hubs.
2. Sustainable Design - The integration of a rainwater harvesting system in the Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center showcases the trend of sustainable design in architectural projects.
3. Recognized Architectural Excellence - The shortlisting for the Mies van der Rohe award highlights the trend of recognizing and celebrating exceptional architectural design.
1. Arts and Culture - The Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center is a disruptive innovation opportunity for the arts and culture industry, providing a contemporary and innovative space for artists and performers.
2. Architecture and Design - The sustainable design features integrated into the Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center present an opportunity for the architecture and design industry to prioritize eco-friendly practices.
3. Tourism and Travel - The Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center's recognition and accolades make it an attractive destination for tourists interested in contemporary art and architecture.