Despite being a project of 2009, I found it only this week and was impressed by the concept of the project. The Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley is like the architects say, "an installation in the landscape. " Simply amazing!

Designed by portugues earchitect Camilo Rebelo, along with Tiago Pimentel and Sandra Barbosa, is located in Portugal, in the Côa Valley. The building is practically part of the landscape that has a stunning view, it's a monolithic form made?with stones and local color. Built with clean lines, thin and vertical windows to not lose the horizontal concept adopted for the project. It is a place that I would love to know personally.

The pictures are from Camilo Rebelo, James Pimentel, and Nelson Garrido.

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

The Palaeolithic art in the Coa Valley is perhaps man’s first land art manifestation. The Museum is conceived as an installation in the landscape. The monolithic triangular form is a direct result of the valley’s confluences. Its materiality evokes the local stone yards and reflects two different natures: the concrete’s matter, and the local stone’s texture and colour.

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley
© Nelson Garrido

About the author of this post

I'm an architect and designer from Porto Alegre, Brazil. I've been working with design since he got my degree in architecture, a bit odd isnt it? I'm a fan of Fireworks, CSS among other skills. Besides that I'm co-founder of ZEE.