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Casa do Design opened its doors on 30 June 2016, with the exhibition BURILADA | arte-factos para a sobrevivência. Since then it has established itself as a central space for the exhibition, dissemination and critical production of knowledge in design with a particular focus on Portuguese design.
The project is the result of a partnership between Matosinhos City Hall and esad-idea, Investigação em Design e Arte (the research centre of ESAD – School of Arts and Design) and intends to consolidate itself through an openness to different areas, themes and audiences, as well as by being receptive to new proposals and future partners, in order to strengthen the dimension of a space that is intended to have national and international coverage and relevance.

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Featured Exhibitions

The Casa do Design program is based on the presentation of temporary exhibitions.

© Pedro Lobo

Temporary Exhibition “Motos de Portugal”, 2017-18

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Temporary Exhibition “Imprimere”, 2018-19

© Inês d’Orey

Temporary Exhibition “Sinal – 100 Anos de Design das Telecomunicações e dos Correios em Portugal”, 2019

© Inês d’Orey

Temporary Exhibition “Frontiere”, 2019-20

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Manuel Lapa

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Matéria Viva Museum

Architecture

Casa do Design is part of the Paços do Concelho de Matosinhos building, designed by the architect Alcino Soutinho in 1987, whose project is an important milestone in modern Portuguese architecture. With this building, Soutinho projected a new philosophy associated to Local Government, characterised by transparency, proximity and connection to the citizens. The renovation of the area of the building where the Casa Design is located was carrid out by a team of municipal architects in 2016.

© Inês D'orey

Architect

Alcino Soutinho
Alcino Soutinho

Alcino Soutinho (1930-2013), architect with an intrinsic connection to the "Porto School", obtained his diploma in 1959, at the then School of Fine Arts of Porto. He has always reconciled design practice with teaching, and has been an active figure in the construction of the debate and dissemination of architecture, through participation in conferences, debates and the publication of articles in books and journals. He has held public positions in important institutions, such as the Portuguese Design Centre (1998-2001), the Árvore Artistic Activities Cooperative (2003-2006) or the Architects' Association (1999-2002).

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Alcino Soutinho (1930-2013), architect with an intrinsic connection to the “Porto School”, obtained his diploma in 1959, at the then School of Fine Arts of Porto.
He has always reconciled design practice with teaching, and has been an active figure in the construction of the debate and dissemination of architecture, through participation in conferences, debates and the publication of articles in books and journals. He has held public positions in important institutions, such as the Portuguese Design Centre (1998-2001), the Árvore Artistic Activities Cooperative (2003-2006) or the Architects’ Association (1999-2002).
Architect with a prolific professional practice of approximately five decades, recognised and awarded nationally and internationally, demonstrated by a wide range of works, from north to south of the country. Examples such as the building of the Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Library-Museum, Amarante (1977 – AICA Prize), the restoration of the Castle of Cerveira (1982 – “Europa Nostra” Prize), the Museum of Neo-Realism of Vila Franca de Xira (2001), or the emblematic building of the Matosinhos City Hall (1981), to which the building of the new Florbela Espanca Library and Municipal Gallery of Matosinhos (2005) was associated, attest to the mastery of an architectural language characterised by technical knowledge, constructive solidity and a notable suitability to location and function.

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Schedules

Schedule

  • Monday to Friday 9am - 12.30pm
  • Monday to Friday 2pm - 5.30pm
  • Weekends and Public Holidays 3pm - 6pm

Ticket Tariff

Tickets

  • General Free

How to Arrive

  • point

    Edifício dos Paços do Concelho – Rua Alfredo Cunha
    4450-770 Matosinhos

    GPS: 41.18375842876593 -8.683235773396877

  • bus

    STCP nos. 501, 505, 506, 507
    Maré Coaches nos. 104, 105, 107,116, 118, 120, 122, 123, 130

  • train

    Metro Line A – Câmara Matosinhos (Matosinhos City Hall)

Accessibility

Visits

General requirements

Free entrance, no need to book in advance.
Covid19 measures applied according to the guidelines of the Directorate-General for Health

Group requirements

Guided tour for groups: appointment by email

Shop

Casa do Design has a shop-space, where the exhibition catalogues and merchandising of Casa do Design are available, among other design and art publications and a selection of Portuguese design objects.

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