Tuesday, February 12, 2013

So, what is that for?

Since the beginning of Arrebita!Porto, meetings have been a useful routine. Partners, peers and the media have been discussing and getting together with Arrebita! teams for almost a year now, and so they did as well the past week!

Instituto das Artes paid a visit and embarked on a discussion about the social feasibility of Arrebita!
We had the pleasure of meeting the young students, and going-to-be artists, of the Instituto das Artes. This was a good opportunity to be asked sets of questions that spanned from practical use of historical space to social influence and potentials of such a project. An insightful perspective, indeed.

And here is definitively another expert eye on Arrebita!Porto: João Morgado. He's an architecture photographer, experienced and  patient enough to capture both the team at work and the status quo of Reboleira 42 construction site. Thanks for sharing your work with us, as it helps us to see the project from a new point of view.

International team 4 and José, discussing on the project. [© João Morgado - Architecture Photography]

Reboleira 42 project, first floor, status quo. [© João Morgado - Architecture Photography]

Meanwhile, the rest of the week flew by, thanks to the study of the interiors' project. As you know, Arrebita!Porto is designing a service box that will house all services necessary to achieve contemporary living standards in an economical way. 
Two prospective partners came to our studio and wanted to understand a little bit more about how a synergy would be possible. Sanitana, one of the Portuguese leaders on sanitary wear, checked in explaining among things their latest energy-saving techniques applied to water use. 
Amorim Revestimentos came by, as a prospective partner, and gave us an overview of their products.  With them we had an interesting talk about - of course - cork. 
It's amazing how much you can accomplish with this material. 
Besides its acoustic values, we know cork is a typical product of Portugal. It is a fact that  61.3% of its annual world production happens in Portugal. How could we take advantage of this material in the Reboleira project? Can it be used inside the modular service center - also known as "CABA"? We think there is a huge potential.

To sum up, it has been a brainstorming week.

So now it is time for a little chill out activity. Here we go get our train tickets for the Douro Valey, to explore the hills and enjoy carnival!

Talk soon.

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