Japanese architect Kengo Kuma and Portuguese studio OODA have been selected to transform a former slaughterhouse in Porto.
Kengo Kuma and OODA have paired up to develop these old facilities into a cultural centre, which will feature art galleries and a library beneath a sweeping ceramic-clad roof. Known as the ‘Matadouro’, the existing cluster of buildings is located in Campanhã area, in close proximity to the home stadium of soccer club FC porto, and was previously considered as one of the area's major economic contributors.

This urban area, since its closure in 1990, has had a great urban growth with a motorway constructed around the buildings, isolating them from the rest of the city. The new project, as result of this competition, seek reconnect the 20,500 square-metre slaughterhouse with Porto and "re-establish the site's importance in the city's cultural, business and social network".

"With this proposal we intend to reactivate, reinvent, and engage the local history and memory of the city. In order to achieve this goal, it is essential to create a structure that will have a strong sense of presence from afar," said the statement, by the practices.

The initial scheme involves creating a canopy that stretches across the site, uniting the complex,  in swathes of red-hued ceramic tiles in a visual nod to the material palette of local houses. The roof will also be punctuated by numerous glass panels, intended by the architects to behave as a "second skin" that lets daylight filter through to the building's interiors and simultaneously illuminates the area at night.  Renderings are showing the former will abattoir overhauled to contain several new leisure spaces, including an art gallery, museum, cafes and an extensive library with dramatic floor-to-ceiling shelving for books.

The complex will be reached via two options: a greenery-lined outdoor walkway that offers visitors views across the eastern parts of the city, or can be accessed at street level through two public squares that will also be used for events.

Earlier this year Kengo Kuma's pratice also unveiled its design for an new aquatics centre on Copenhagen's Waterfront, which will feature indoor pools built by brick pyramids. The Japanese studio designed a similar renovation in Shipyard 1862 complex, in Shanghai.
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Kengo Kuma & Associates – Kengo Kuma/Yuki Ikeguchi (partner in charge), Rita Topa (project architect) Jagoda Krawczyk, Andrea Toccolini, Jack Ryan, Ifan Yim
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OODA – Diogo Brito/Rodrigo Vilas-Boas/Francisco Lencastre (partners), João Styliano, Luis Choupina, Inês Monteiro, José Pedro Maia, Jiahong Huang, Ugne Stankaityte, Ruta Simutyte, Ondrej Jezbera Joana Valinho, André Veiga, Giulia Kaiser
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Ejiri Structural
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ESC – Tiago Sá, Alberto Cumerlato, Filippo Lorenzi, Larissa Lira
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Kengo Kuma was born in Yokohama (Kanagawa, Japan) in 1954. He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo, finishing his degree in 1979. In 1987, he opened the "Spatial Design Studio". In 1990 he founded "Kengo Kuma & Associates" and extend the study to Europe (Paris, France) in 2008. Since 1985 and until 2009, has taught as visiting professor and holder at the universities of Columbia, Keio, Illinois and Tokyo.

Main Awards:

· 2011 The Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology's Art Encouragement Prize for "Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum."
· 2010 Mainichi Art Award for “Nezu Museum.”
· 2009 "Decoration Officier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres" (France).
· 2008 Energy Performance + Architecture Award (France). Bois Magazine International Wood Architecture Award (France).
· 2002 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award (Finland).
· 2001 Togo Murano Award for “Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum.”
· 1997 Architectural Institute of Japan Award for “Noh Stage in the Forest”. First Place, AIA DuPONT Benedictus Award for “Water/Glass” (USA).

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OODA. Established in 2010, OODA came about as a result of the reunion between Diogo Brito and Rodrigo Vilas-Boas. Francisco Lencastre joined the office in 2011, initially based in the historical city centre of Porto. In 2018 João Jesus and Julião Pinto Leite joined to expand OODA to five partners.

Recently, OODA has expanded their facilities and currently has two offices with one in Matosinhos, Porto, and one in Lisbon. In the near future, we aim to expand internationally.

Before being a structure of idealization, production and management of architecture, OODA is a broader ideology that has been designed and published in the strategic, methodological and economic book guide ‘OODA Business Plan’. Simultaneously local and global, OODA sets out to be an exporter of regional architecture and an importer of international architecture.
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