Architecture . Architecture of Interiors, Design for Context

Cultural Center of Belém, 1990, Lisbon

Equipment and furniture. System of signage. Stage components.

The design of equipment and furniture for the Centro Cultural de Belém was driven by the search for formal and structural affinities with its context. In coherence with the modular clarity, the prevalence of volumetric expression, and the strict orthogonality of the architecture, the furniture was conceived as compositions of added elementary volumes and characterized, principally, by the extraordinarily large dimension of the supports to the ground.

In addition to the design of new models, Daciano re-edites the Quadratura line that had been designed for the LNEC-Civil Engineering Laboratory (1971-1972). Moreover, the design of the large auditorium stateroom and the chair of the presidential dining room will be reissued for the design of the chairs of the Town Hall Building (1997-1998) along with the creation of the Sancho office line (1997- 1999).

For the interior furniture of Casa da Música (2004-2005), designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, the architect elects Daciano da Costa’s furniture designed for the Villaret Theatre (1964-1965), the Alvor Hotel (1966-1968), the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (1966-1969/1999/2004), the Altis Hotel (1971-1974), the Cultural Center of Belém (1990-1992) and the Coliseu dos Recreios (1993-1994).

In 2015 the Boroa 2 armchair, together with its respective technical drawings and sketches, incorporates the permanent collection of the National Museum of Modern Art of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

  • Client

    Secretary of State for Culture

  • Design Team

    Daciano da Costa, Filipe Cardoso, Carlos Costa, João Paulo Martins, José Sérgio Spencer, Jorge Spencer, Catarina Monteiro da Costa

  • Other Collaborations

    Other Contributions: Pedro Martins da Silva, engenheiro (consultor artístico); Henri Oeschlin (equipamento cénico)
    Furniture Manufacturers: Fago, Olaio (wood furniture), Metalúrgica da Longra (meeting rooms); Sunviauto (metal furniture), Quinette-Galay (auditorium chair), Construções Sampaio (wooden counters)
    Integrated in the winning team of the international public competition, coordinated by Risco | Manuel Salgado in partnership with Gregotti Associatti | Vittorio Gregotti.

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