B&G picks up Institutional Building of the Year award for Vodafone office facility
Completed in 2009, the Vodafone Office Building in Porto has recently been awarded first prize in design blog Arch Daily’s 2010 Building of the Year Awards, Institutional category and noted as one of twenty ‘most amazing creative offices in the world’ by website ‘The Cool Hunter’. The concrete structure’s irregular form not only incites much interest from Porto’s tourists, but has been specifically designed to inspire the building’s users.
Located on Boavista Avenue, the abstract building is comprised of eight storeys – five above ground and three below. Two levels below ground provide car parking facilities whilst the third is occupied by technical areas and training rooms. At ground level, a spacious auditorium is coupled with a cafeteria and retail facilities opening out onto Boavista Avenue. The remaining four floors act as commercial office space, all open-plan and with easy access to an outdoor terrace.
Designed by architecture practice Barbosa & Guimarães, the freeform configuration of the property has been formed in direct correlation with Vodafone’s tagline - Vodafone Life, Life in Motion. The inconsistency evident in the building’s facades is continued internally, where acutely angled niches and irregular windows ensure a unique architectural space. Barbosa & Guimarães explains: “Seeking inspiration from painting, sculpture, photography, arts which had already faced this dilemma, the office building, designed usually linear, begins to become an irregular body; out of balance, with many faces in motion.”