Vila Velha Museum design by Belém Lima Arquitectos

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Architects: Belém Lima Arquitecto
Location: Vila Real, Portugal
Engineering: Norvia | coord MJ Borges
Project Year: 2008
Project Area: 705 sqm
Photographs: FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra

Silent and hermetic, the Vila Velha Museum appears to be the mimesis of the granite escarpments that girdle the rivers, a mimesis of archaeological labours.

Within it old and archaic are linked to the new. The past runs through it like sap inside an old tree. From the outside we see a compact building, from the inside it seems to levitate, floating above nature and the ruins. Like an enigma, the Vila Velha Museum opens momentarily only to shut again.

Source: Belém Lima Arquitecto/ FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sérgio Guerra / http://www.archdaily.com
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