Location: Seixal, Portugal.

Architect: Álvaro Siza Vieira.

The Manuel Cargaleiro Arts Office is an architectural project designed by Arqt. Siza Vieira that aims to promote contemporary art, particularly the work of Manuel Cargaleiro, and the Manuel Cargaleiro Foundation collections. The building is located in Quinta da Fidalga and features a harmonious articulation between the different architectural elements and surrounding spaces. The Arts Office is a single plant building with a broken volume that creates a sequence of interior and exterior spaces. The lobby gives access to the reception desk and exhibition hall, which can be subdivided by collapsible panels. The exhibition spaces are articulated in an “S” shape and are naturally lit by glazing over the garden, while artificial lighting is provided by crown molding or ceilings. The Arts Office also offers educational activities and partnerships with similar organizations.

Photo credit: Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography.