Build up: Timeless

Maki and Kajsa from Åbäke working at the Museum Oriente for the UK participation of the Timeless exhibition. Photographs courtesy of Production Manager, Pedro Sadio.




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Under the judicial protection of Fundação Oriente, the Museu do Oriente opened to the public in 2008, their mission being to bear witness to the Portuguese presence in Asia during five centuries, as well as other Asian cultures. The museum features two permanent exhibitions and several temporary exhibitions, performing arts’ shows, workshops, conferences and guided tours. The Museum is located in the Pedro Álvares Cabral building, a port construction from the beginning of the 40’s, used for the storage of salted cod fish. The rehabilitation project was undertaken by the architects João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Rui Francisco, which tried to cross the architectonical identity of the building and its new use. The museological project was designed by Carrilho da Graça and Nuno Gusmão (P-06 atelier). The building has a main body and two lower wings. The construction stands out due to the almost lack of windows owed to its initial function as a warehouse for perishable goods. The North façade, enriched with bas-relief executed by the sculptor Barata Feyo, contributes to make the Museu do Oriente one of the most representative buildings in Alcantara.