Mora River Aquarium by Promontorio

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João Perloiro, João Luís Ferreira, Paulo Perloiro, Paulo Martins Barata, Pedro Appleton.
Cosestudi (museology), Henrique Cayatte (graphic design), Pedro Salgado (scientific illustration), Anyforms (animation), Y-Dreams (multimedia systems), Teixeira Duarte (partner contractor).
Municipality of Mora.
3.000 m² (gross built area), 17 ha (plot area).
2006 (built and open to public), 2004 (competition, 1st-prize).
Ecological Wild Park of Mora (Alentejo region), Portugal.
Turnkey design and build river aquarium.
€ 6M (estimated investment), 3.000 €/m² (construction cost).

João Perloiro, João Luís Ferreira, Paulo Perloiro, Paulo Martins Barata, Pedro Appleton. PROMONTORIO

Promontorio, a five-partner firm lead by João Perloiro, João Luís Ferreira, Paulo Perloiro, Paulo Martins Barata and Pedro Appleton, PROMONTORIO is a full-service architecture, planning, landscaping, interior design and graphics team that began in Lisbon in 1990 as an experimental studio. It consistently grew into a practice of fifty architects, planners, landscape architects, interior designers and graphic designers.

Underlying its approach to the urban form, the work of PROMONTORIO has often been identified with the pursuit of a ‘system of robustness’ (i.e. solidity, stability and durability) both in terms of representational meaning and technical research. This in turn, has been implemented and tested in vast construction sites and under challenging time and budget constrains.

Their process springs from a dynamic and focused design culture that fosters collaboration above all. This cohesive and interactive structure enables us to deal with large and complex projects both in terms of design and programme. Ranging from schools, museums and cultural institutions, to housing, offices, hotels and retail, PROMONTORIO has accomplished projects in Algeria, Angola, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cape Verde, China, Dubai, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Georgia, Mozambique, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey and Vietnam, having established partnerships in many of these.

Their work has received various international awards and has been presented in conferences and lectures in Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, UK and the USA. It was exhibited, among others, in the 9th Venice Architecture Biennial, in La Triennale di Milano, in Arc en rêve (Bordeaux), in Cornell University (Ithaca), and more recently in Aedes Gallery (Berlin).




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