Location: Boticas, Portugal.

Architect: Louise Braverman Architect.

Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso is a 20,000 square foot single artist museum that fuses architecture and landscape to honor one of Portugal’s most beloved native sons, Nadir Afonso. It is divided into two parts: a light-filled cultural center and a vast, below-grade exhibition space. The interior spaces connect with the outdoors, creating a welcoming environment that encourages public participation with the art. The exhibition hall, outdoor cafĂ©, children’s library and stairway to the auditorium are designed to be used 24/7 for multipurpose events. The exhibition hall is embedded in the hillside below a sustainably planted green roof park, creating an indoor/outdoor layering of space. The green roof park modulates internal temperature and offers aesthetic delight to the community.

Photo credit: FG + SG Architectural Photography.