The Portuguese architecture and design studio Spaceworkers, founded by architects Henrique Marques and Rui Dinis, and by financial consultant Carla Duarte, designs a concrete building to house the Interpretation Center for Romanesque art. Located in the city of Lousada in Portugal, this very contemporary building reinterprets the vocabulary of Romanesque architecture.

For the Interpretation Center of Romanesque Art, the Spaceworkers team imagined a refined architecture, composed of seven concrete volumes of different heights and dimensions all connected by a central module with a glass roof. Inspired by principles of Romanesque architecture, the architects erected a referenced building.

Although futuristic, the museum echoes the rich Portuguese Romanesque architectural heritage, in particular the fifty-eight monuments located on the "Route of Romanesque Art" in the North region. The seven volumes each revisit the shape of a typically Romanesque roof. Left bare and thick, the concrete walls reflect the refined aesthetic of the whole, thus making reference to old buildings. Covering an area of ​​650 square meters, the cultural center fascinates as much by its monumentality as its astonishing volume.
Inside, the architects have chosen simplicity. The clean and bright spaces in fact refer to the bare decorations of certain Romanesque religious buildings. A taste of austerity that is found in the arrangement of the many openings and the canopy.

Thus, the museum weaves bridges between Romanesque tradition and contemporary architecture: no superfluous elements here.

Architecture that is as aesthetic as it is educational.

To learn more, visit Spaceworkers website

Photographs: Spaceworkers

Léa Pagnier

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