Of the need for an exhibition space came the "MATO - Art Gallery", next to Paulo Neves sculptor's atelier.
對展覽空間的需求來自 Paulo Neves 雕塑家工作室旁邊的“MATO - 藝術畫廊”。
Looking for inspiration in their own work of the sculptor, the organic design mirrors the trace of Paulo Neves.
從雕塑家自己的作品中尋找靈感，有機設計反映了 Paulo Neves 的踪跡。
The whole body develops without straight surfaces. As if a strange animal was born on site, mixed with the surrounding vegetation.
With a very small indoor area, in the space are held several temporary exhibitions of national and international artists.
All installation rests gently through specific points, almost levitating on the ground. The tubular metallic structure, with the exterior in expanded polyurethane, is designed so as to insulate and waterproof the building as if it were a shell.
We put wooden flooring with the removed trees of the site. In the interior, the whole space has been coated with plaster so as to provide a continuous surface while curving constantly serving for setting works on exhibition.
Project Name: MATO
Location: CUCUJÃES, PORTUGAL
Architect Office: FCC Arquitectura
Lead Architect：Fernando Coelho
Completion Year: 2012
Photographer：Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Both graduated in architecture from Universidade Lusíada do Porto, in 2002 they created the Atelier de Arquitectura, which eventually evolved into the current company FCC Arquitectura company, headquartered in Felgueiras.
They started by developing single-family housing projects and soon engaged in religious projects for local clients. The fact that they were based in Felgueiras gave them the opportunity to develop various projects in the area of industry, a key sector of the local economy.
The office's area of intervention has expanded geographically and thematically, with tourism being another activity for which they have already developed various proposals.
They remain loyal their initial objective: to respond effectively to the needs of the client, valuing the context where the work is located, concretizing the response in a way that is consistent with the principles of the project team.