Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura is behind the machine-like structure
The €13.1m Cultural Centre in Viano do Castelo, Portugal, which opened on 14 July, was designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.
The three-storey 3,792 sq m machine-like structure, designed as a multi-purpose pavilion to house cultural and sporting events, joined an existing leisure centre by Fernando Tavora and a library by Álvaro Siza, while in front of the north elevation is a tree-lined square.
The riverside structure's association with naval architecture is clear with pipe-clad walls referencing the 1950s Gil Eannes hospital ship (named after the15th-century Portuguese navigator and explorer) which is moored nearby and now functions as a museum.
Inside, the large multi-purpose hall in the basement is surrounded by wooden bleachers going up to the ground floor entrances and viewing corridors, where banks of windows afford views of the River Limia.
Finally, the first floor houses administrative spaces.
Eduardo Souto de Moura started the design of the project, which took five years to complete, in 1999.