O Mato

Of the need for an exhibition space came the “MATO – Art Gallery”, next to Paulo Neves sculptor’s atelier.

Looking for inspiration in their own work of the sculptor, the organic design mirrors the trace of Paulo Neves. Whole body develops without straight surfaces. As if a strange animal has born on site, mixed with the surrounding vegetation.

With a very small indoor area, in the space are held several temporary exhibitions of national and international artists.

All installation rests gently through specific points, almost levitating on the ground. The tubular metallic structure, with the exterior in expanded polyurethane is designed so as to insulate and waterproof the building as if it were a shell. We put wooden flooring with the removed trees of the site. In the interior, the whole space has been coated with plaster so as to provide a continuous surface while curving constantly serving for setting works on exhibition.

Cucujães, Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal

Project – Dec. 2011 / Starts of works – May 2012 / End works – Jun 2012

Construction area 48m²

Architecture – FCC Arquitectura

Autocad / Revit / Photoshop

Poliuterano expandido / Metal / Wood / Plasterboard / Glass

main contractor – Vieira Construções
structure – Serralharia M. Peixoto & Aires
plasterboard – Jonitecto
exterior coating – Revesnunes
tint – Lacca