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FAHR 021.3


São Bento


Porto Lazer


  • Lighting Designer: José Nuno Sampaio
  • Structural Engineer: NCREP
  • Construction Manager: LETRATEC

Project Status


Year Completed



28 sq. meters



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Project Description

Ruins as room for imagination
by creative team FAHR 021.3
Amid the architectural diversity of one of the most representative areas in Porto, Metamorfose, by creative team FAHR 021.3, stands out. The impact of the green metal mesh filling the void by one of the city’s gateway is undeniable. The result of this intimate dialogue with the city is absolute perfection when bringing together all the elements that make up the area around São Bento train station.
Provocation is on its way. Where today decay, destruction and desertion are what is left, Metamorfose has found its place. The ruin, part of the history of the city, is now an area of intervention and, first and foremost, of imagination. It engages the eye and induces discomfort. It creates a new scenery in Porto and dignifies a space that was once destitute.
Six tons of steel, 28 meters long, 11 meters high, 5 meters deep and almost 200 intersections, all different – these are data that compose this digitally developed metal mesh. A mesh that finds its physicality in the irregularity that is a by-product of the human hand. In line with the creative team’s philosophy, the plastic gesture, which breaks free from formalisms and rules in construction, in a city center such as Porto, puts into evidence the intent of provoking and surprising people. The use of colour itself, default in 3D modelling software, is a statement of its challenging essence.
This is the only way Metamorfose would ever make sense for the duo FAHR 021.3. Framed by the Locomotiva initiative, promoted by Porto Lazer, the team present a project that sums up their provocative vision and reflects a new architectural and artistic approach to one of the most characteristic elements in Porto - void spaces. FAHR looks at these spaces, found repeatedly throughout the city, and see possible opportunities for intervention and imagination.
Exception is provocative. Disruption is challenging. City and structure strike up a dialogue. Metamorphosis awakes. Possible interpretations are endless, intent is attained.
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