Valdemar Coutinho creates brutalist Portuguese sports complex

by Luke Cloherty | 11 Sep 2018

Portuguese architectural practice Valdemar Coutinho Arquitecos have created a dramatic new 7,000sq ft (650sq m) sports complex in the Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal, with a focus on greys, sharp edges and angles.

The complex, called Atlantic Pavilion, with its brutalist-style facade, was commissioned by the local council.

Entrance doorways are topped by a rectangular structure with two large recessed windows.

These have deeply champfered frames, drawing the eye and creating more angular dimensions.

Grey is used inside and out, with interiors matching much of the facade. The building has natural light on interior walkways and in the café.

The architects say the grey palette “Alludes to the crustaceans on the beaches of Viana do Castelo and is reflective of the local coastline." Tiles throughout the building were designed by Mario Rocha.

The complex functions mainly as a centre for basketball and volleyball.

Valdemar Coutinho  Atlantic Pavilion  Portugal 
Portuguese architectural practice Valdemar Coutinho Arquitecos have created a dramatic new 7,000sq ft (650sq m) sports complex in the Viana do Castelo in northern Portugal, with a focus on greys, sharp edges and angles. The complex, called Atlantic Pavilion, with its brutalist-style facade, was commissioned by the local council. Entrance doorways are topped by a rectangular structure with two large recessed windows. These have deeply champfered frames, drawing the eye
CLD,SAR,PRO,ARC,DES,DEV,PHR
The entrance doorways are topped by a rectangular structure, whose windows see diagonal lines draw the eye to them, creating yet more of a pointed focus to the building
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6722     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6722     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: TVS Group
TVS has a broad portfolio of products, including high-performing shock pads, surfaces for sport, fitness and play, as well as highly specialised acoustic materials for noise and vibration control.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Andreas Nygaard
"Should a thousand year wave occur, you’ll be completely safe"

A sneak preview of one of the world’s largest underwater restaurants

SPP has broken ground on a 519-room wellness-focused JW Marriott hotel and the project’s first residential property
"Now we’re talking about pedestrians as the most important members of the street community"

The new US neighbourhood designed to improve the health of its residents

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
The light-filled atrium at the Museo Internacional del Barroco in Mexico
Toyo Ito was born in Seoul in 1941. He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo
"I have one dream with my work. Architecture should equal nature"

The Pritzker Prize-winner talks about inspiration, battling bureaucracy and the Tokyo National Olympic Stadium saga with Kim Megson

features
Kim Herforth Nielsen founded 3XN in 1986 with Lars Frank Nielsen and Hans Peter Svendler Nielsen
"I always wanted to do more than just designing buildings"

How Danish firm 3XN is harnessing the power of architecture to shape human behaviour

NeueHouse combines ‘office and social’ in a co-working space
"Millennials are pushing us architects to design hotels with distinct personalities"

Sameness is out, authenticity is in when it comes to designing for millennials says Greg Keffer

The Sea Glass Carousel in Battery Park, Manhattan, elevates the traditional carousel into a digitally-enhanced aquatic journey
Claire Weisz
"I prefer to be labelled a feminist architect than a female architect. I’d love to work with more women"

The WXY co-founder and urbanist with a passion for improving our public spaces

featured supplier
Featured Supplier: EXF supports Third Space to create London’s largest functional training space at The Yard
Bespoke fitness manufacturer EXF has extended its relationship with Third Space, by supplying the luxury fitness group with London’s largest functional training rig at its Canary Wharf club.
cladkit product news
Designworks launches new glow-in-the-dark tile collection
The tiles contain light-absorbing luminous pigments so they glow-in-the-dark
Lauren Heath-Jones
High-end tile supplier Designworks has created a range of illuminous mosaic tiles for commercial use. Designed to bring light into ...
Tredje Natur launches Climate Tile to bring green spaces to urban settings
Tredje Natur has installed the pilot system of its Climate Tile system in the Nørrebro area of Copenhagen
Lauren Heath-Jones
Danish company Tredje Natur (Third Nature) has recently installed the pilot system of its innovative street paving system in the ...
EAS PREVIEW: Bright Buildings to exhibit BrightOpen designs
Bright Buildings will be showcasing its range of BrightOpen buildings
At this year’s Euro Attractions Show (EAS), design and architecture firm Bright Buildings will be exhibiting its range of BrightOpen ...
cladkit product news
Dornbracht launches 'next generation' experience shower
Rainmoon is an innovative sensory shower experience designed for use in the home
Dornbracht is taking experience showers to the next level with its multi-sensory Rainmoon concept. “Rainmoon is a culmination of bliss ...
Artemide excites with latest lighting collection
Designer Alejandro Aravena created O to 'reconcile the needs of the natural and the urban environment'
Lauren Heath-Jones
Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), Herzog and de Meuron, Neri & Hu, MAD Architects and Elemental, the firm of Pritzker winner ...
John Pawson reimagines oil lantern for Wästberg
The Holocene No. 4 reflects Pawson's pared-back style and neutral palette
Lauren Heath-Jones
Swedish lighting company Wästberg has expanded its Holocene collection, with a new addition, Holocene No. 4, designed by acclaimed architect ...
cladkit product news
Bartok Design installs 'transformative' soaking tubs in SpaFusion at Pallazzo Varignana
Bartok Design creates traditional Japanese soaking tubs
Lauren Heath-Jones
Bartok Design, a Japan-based supplier of Ofuro (Japanese bathtubs), has completed a major installation at the newly opened SpaFusion at ...
Zaha Hadid Design partners with Royal Thai to create carpet collection celebrating Zaha Hadid's legacy
The carpets capture Hadid's notable use of layering and interweaving as well as her use of light and shadow
Lauren Heath-Jones
Zaha Hadid Design has partnered with carpet manufacturer Royal Thai to create a new carpet collection inspired by the work ...
Aotta launches sound panels made from hemp husks
The panels are designed to maintain 'healthy spaces' and consist of Hemp husks fashioned into a natural porous membrane that absorbs sound
Lauren Heath-Jones
Russian design studio Aotta has developed a range of eco-friendly, sound-absorbing panels made from the waste products of hemp seeds. ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates