Japanese Architect Kengo Kuma and Portuguese studio OODA have been selected to transform a former slaughterhouse in Porto. Known as the ‘matadouro’, the existing cluster of buildings is located in Campanhã, in close proximity to the home stadium of soccer club FC Porto. The project seeks to restore the historic building, allowing it to establish itself as a vibrant part of the community.
Designed to preserve the site’s tradition and the historical heritage, Kengo Kuma and OODA’s design seeks to respect its surroundings instead of dominating them. The site’s cultural programming will comprise exhibition and performance space, as well as a library. Office space, artist residences, and a gym will also be included. To the south, a large entrance plaza will welcome visitors and invite them to explore the venue.
The scheme involves creating a canopy that stretches across the site, uniting the complex. The roof, which is made from ceramic tiles and glass panels, allows light to enter, while ensuring that the spaces are protected from the elements throughout the year. Eelsewhere, a pedestrian bridge connects the matadouro to the stadium and metro station on the other side of the main road.