British School at Porto
The project is based in Porto and the programme seeks to emulate British School at Rome. I have created a village of cultural exchange where British artist, writers, architects and other creatives can reside to be inspired by Porto. In the heart of the village is a library nesting in an old industrial ruin where research can be carried out. Equally, as British artists go out and explore Porto, Portuguese artists can come and visit the British School at Porto for lectures and exchange of skills.
From a distance, the buildings possess the lines and colours of traditional architecture in Porto, the closer a visitor come the more it dissolves into modern forms creating something new. The arrangement of the structures is based on a village layout and the streets serve as meeting points where casual cultural exchange can take place, while the library and other internal spaces give a platform for formal cultural exchange.