mezzo atelier transformed a formerly empty warehouse located in a residential area on the outskirts of the historic center ponta delgada, portugal, into ‘vaga – espaço de arte e conhecimento’. the cultural space consolidates the permanence of the anda&fala association in territory and in time and features a mix of modern and industrial design by the architects.
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mezzo atelier divided the space into the programmatic areas: workshop, gallery, house, following the pre-existing structure as well as the openings in the single volume façade. the main atrium, an extension of the street with a service and store area inserted in a wooden exhibition wall, opens to the gallery. the presentation space, with a foyer and two exhibition rooms that can accommodate projects in various disciplines, such as a focus on visual arts, through 4 pivoting doors that leave space to draw different ways to circulate.
laterally, the workshop and warehouse, with direct access to the street, give way to a space destined for creation and production, which gathers stations and areas with specialized equipment. the last slice of the volume gives way to the house, the domestic space of the vacancy. it includes the pre-existing office and expands to other multidisciplinary spaces that can be of work, meeting, or meals, and has two rooms to receive artists in residence.
color has revealed to play a fundamental role in the project, giving it character and clarity. a grayish-blue tone was chosen to standardize the façade and all its elements, as well as the pre-existing internal volume. it was also with the purpose of standardizing the interior, that all the ceiling and structural elements in wood and steel were painted in matt black.
name: VAGA – espaço de arte e conhecimento
architects: mezzo atelier
location: ponta delgada, s. miguel island, azores, portugal
surface: 413 sqm (4,445.5 sqft)
edited by: yasmina karam | designboom