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Casa da Arquitectura, created in 2007 in Matosinhos, is a non-profit entity that has been asserting itself in the universe of content creation and programming as well as archiving for national and international dissemination of architecture to society.

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Architecture

The Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura is located in Matosinhos and occupies the block of the Real Vinícola. The buildings now recovered and adapted integrated the old manufacturing facilities built between 1897 and 1901 by the company Menéres & Companhia, for the Real Companhia Vinícola. Resistant to the progressive industrial transformation and residential occupation of the place, its preservation and adaptation is due to its high patrimonial and cultural value. Patrimonially, it is an architectural model of English inspiration and tradition, where the first steam cooperage in the region was located. A branch of the railway line connected it to the docks of the Port of Leixões for shipping and exporting the production. The central patio appears as a Plaza Mayor, qualifying it for collective uses. The building is part of the Urbanization Plan of Matosinhos Sul, by Álvaro Siza.

The Real Vinícola block, recovered by the Matosinhos City Hall and designed by the architect Guilherme Machado Vaz, occupies an area of 4.700 m2. The public areas destined for exhibitions and presentations, with an auditorium, library and shop represent 36% of the space, the conservation and maintenance areas 38% and those for internal management and production 10%. The common uses correspond to 16% of its surface.

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Architect

Guilherme Machado Vaz
© Atelier Guilherme Machado Vaz
Guilherme Machado Vaz

Guilherme Machado Vaz. Born in Porto in 1974. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) in 1998. Worked as a collaborator at Eduardo Souto Moura’s office from 1996/1997. Architect for the Municipality of Matosinhos since 2000. Among other works, he designed the Custóias Civic Center, the Custóias Stadium, the Esplanade in Jardim Basílio Teles and, more recently, the headquarters of Casa da Arquitectura and of the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra at Real Vinícola.

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Guilherme Machado Vaz. Born in Porto in 1974. Graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto (FAUP) in 1998. Worked as a collaborator at Eduardo Souto Moura’s office from 1996/1997. Architect for the Municipality of Matosinhos since 2000. Among other works, he designed the Custóias Civic Center, the Custóias Stadium, the Esplanade in Jardim Basílio Teles and, more recently, the headquarters of Casa da Arquitectura and of the Matosinhos Jazz Orchestra at Real Vinícola.
His office mainly produces residential projects such as Casa do Vale, Casa do João and Casa de Afife, among others.
In 2008 he worked as a Team Architect for the David Chipperfield office on the residential project “Bom Sucesso, Golf Resort and Spa” in Óbidos. Teacher at University Lusófona of Porto between 2012 and 2021. Guest teacher at Polytechnic of Milan, Piacenza, in 2017. Guest teacher at University of Navarra, Pamplona, in 2019. PhD in Architecture from the University Lusófona of Porto (2020).

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Schedules

Schedule

  • Tuesdays to Fridays 10am - 6pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 7pm

Closed on Mondays

Ticket Tariff

Tickets

  • Main Exhibition 8€
  • House Gallery 4€

Discounts

Subject to confirmation on the institution’s website Casa da Arquitectura.

How to Arrive

  • point

    Av. Menéres, 456
    GPS: 41°10’43.0″N 8°41’12.9″W

  • train

    Line A – Matosinhos Sul metro stop

  • bus

    500; 502

Accessibility

Visits

Bookings

Booking 72h in advance, arrival 15m in advance, wearing face mask is mandatory, maximum number of people according to Covid-19 recommendations.

Groups

Booking 72h in advance, arrival 15m in advance, wearing face mask is mandatory, maximum number of people according to Covid-19 recommendations.

© Ivo Tavares

House Shop

House Shop with library, furniture and author’s graphic works