Vodafone finds a new home

Located on Avenida da Boavista in Porto, the namesake of Port wine and Portugal’s second global city after Lisbon. We have seen global companies trying to outdo each other with their radical interiors before but nothing could have prepared us for this building.

It pushes the boundaries of geometric shapes from the outside in, it twists and turns and it often seems as if it is achieving the impossible. This sensationally modern building was designed by world renowned architects José António Barbosa and Pedro Guimarães of Barbosa Guimarães Arquitectos.

The architects’ wish to reflect Vodafone’s credo “Vodafone Life, Life in Motion” lead to the creation of a building that challenges the static and appears to be out of balance. Three of the angular building’s eight floors are underground. The cross section reveals that the building has an uneven footprint, it seems nothing about this building is quite normal.

The sparse, industrial materials extend to the interiors and the challenging, uneven, angular lines are accentuated by recessed lighting that zig-zags around the communal spaces, offering a wonderfully chaotic edge to the building as a whole.

Images courtesy of  the talented architectural photographer, Fernando Guerra.

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