Portuguese Miguel Arruda Arquitectos' Arade Congress Centre in the Algarve overcomes its design diffuclties
The origin of Miguel Arruda Arquitectos' conceptual process was the complexity prefaced by housing the solid, liquid and gaseous elements of the project. The Arade pavilion sought to retain the memory of the previous building (Marques Neves canning factory), as well as the old brick chimney stack which establishes itself as a unique local icon.
A transparency theme exists internally and externally during the day as the building seeks to pay tribute to the light of the Algarve. At night the building transforms itself, assuming a new formal and pictorial reality.The Arade River had to be duly contemplated in this building’s surroundings. An effort was made so that it could be seen from some of its floors and the presence of water constitutes the aura of the river.