Kengo Kuma + OODA to convert Porto slaughterhouse into a new cultural complex

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Lead architect
Kengo Kuma & Associates – Kengo Kuma/Yuki Ikeguchi (partner in charge), Rita Topa (project architect) Jagoda Krawczyk, Andrea Toccolini, Jack Ryan, Ifan Yim
Associate architect
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
Engineering design
Ejiri Structural
Engineers Construction
Social strategy architects
ESC – Tiago Sá, Alberto Cumerlato, Filippo Lorenzi, Larissa Lira


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).

Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, João Jesus, Julião Pinto Leite. OODA

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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