I'm sure that architecture is made by emotion, a building should express sensations, rhythm and should put together art and use. A bit complex, but is this way I believe architecture must be, and I think I'm not alone, the people at Barbosa & Guimaraes agree with me, and they've shown that on the Vodafone Portugal project. Simply exciting!

Called Oporto Vodafone Building, the construction has 8 floors, 3 of them are underground. The building is a shell of concrete irregular shapes, forming a kind of mosaic that plays with the acute forms of the glasses becoming a unique and formidable piece of art. The geometric forms full of movement seems to dance and convey the Vodafone idea: "Vodafone life, life in motion." This game with free-forms extends to the interior, witch was carefully planned to every single function, being a complete building, and like the architects said "monolithic building, bringing cohesion and unity to the set".

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

"In July 2006, when we were invated to the new building competition, through the media, radio, television and newspapers we could notice the following slogan: 'VODAFONE LIFE, LIFE IN MOTION.' This sentence reflects the attitude and philosophy of Vodafone. We believe that the new building should be faithful to this idea, adopting a dynamic image, conveying the sense of movement, challenging the static." Barbosa & Guimaraes

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

"The technical complexity of the building leads to a periphery structural solution, a shell of concrete, like an egg, reducing internal support to the two stairwells and three central pillars, allowing great versatility in its interior space use." Barbosa & Guimaraes

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Vodafone Portugal Headquarters
© Nelson Garrido

Photos by Nelson Garrido - ngphoto.com.pt

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.