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Pavilhão Rosa Mota is going dark in 2019 | in Público

The works are expected to begin in October and are costing eight million euros to the consortium Porto Cem Por Cento Porto, which have one the tender for the requalification and exploitation of Pavilhão Rosa Mota. The interior will be totally renewed.

And the circular openings in the dome of Pavilhão Rosa Mota? When building rehabilitation is complete – in May 2019 – each of those small windows will bear a mechanism that will allow them to shut completely, preventing light from passing to the interior. This is one of the new features proposed by consortium Porto Cem Por Cento Porto for the future Pavilhão Rosa Mota, whose opening is scheduled for May 2019.

Filipe Azevedo, representative of Lucios in the consortium that also includes PEV Entertainment and Oliveira Santos Consultores, has explained this Wednesday morning that the possibility of opening and closing the passage of light in the small windows of the dome will not affect the exterior of the building designed by the architect Carlos Loureiro and inaugurated in 1952. Filipe Azevedo also added that as this is a “technical issue” the original building designer was not informed about this situation. “Light affects some events, so we had to enter this mechanism. We had to find a way to close those opening for certain events”, said Filipe Azevedo, during project presentation. “This was also established by the [rehabilitation] project of architect Carlos Loureiro [of 2009]”, stated the mayor Rui Moreira.

The future Pavilhão Rosa Mota, whose rehabilitation will cost eight million euros, will provide the building with a brand-new interior. The seats will be removed and replaced for new folding seats, distributed by four rings. The floor below the main area will bear congress support rooms, a restaurant area and other support areas like dressing and locker rooms. These changes will transform the building in an actual multipurpose, completely acclimatised building.

The Consortium has presented a number of simulations, demonstrating the versatility of the space, depending on the held event, and respective capacities. For a congress, the main room has a maximum capacity of 4370 seats, but for a sports event the maximum capacity is 5580 and for a concert 8660. This can vary as well. For a concert, stage location may lower the capacity. For congresses we must consider the three support rooms in Floor 0 (below the main floor) which contribute with more 1375 seats.

This project is still pending the final licensing in the City Hall of Porto and the required external permits for the works to begin. Filipe Azevedo explained that the works are scheduled for October and they will provide the building with “the most modern and recent technologies existing in the market at all levels”, including acoustics, one of the “most complicated” areas to manage. The goal is to transform Pavilhão Rosa Mota into a building that holds events frequently. “We intend it to be as lively as possible. We wanted it to be alive every day”, he said.

Jorge Silva, from PEV Entertainment has also highlighted the importance of the building surrounded by the gardens of Palácio de Cristal – that will remain untouched – saying that this building will be the “reference that Porto deserves and that Portugal needs”. “In its vicinity there are many streets with high cultural propensity, like Rua Miguel Bombarda or Rua do Rosário, that flow to Palácio de Cristal. We want it to be the link for downtown Porto”.

Rui Moreira remembered the “several difficulties” felt over the course of this rehabilitation process, but said he is satisfied with the result. “We wanted a multipurpose building that would solve a number of existing deficiencies in the city. Porto is a nice city for congresses, but Alfândega is not enough”, said Rui Moreira, also highlighting the ability of Pavilhão Rosa Mota to be a sports pavilion or a concert hall. The mayor of Porto said the expectations for the centrality intended by the consortium are also good, adding that the installation of “light connections between this equipment and Alfândega” is currently in place and that Metro do Porto is studying the future Linha Rosa with “two stations” in the vicinity of Palácio de Cristal.

The rehabilitation of Pavilhão Rosa Mota was handed to Carlos Loureiro during the office of Rui Rio, but the initial proposal of the architect was not well received by the city, because it involved the construction of a new building that would affect the gardens and lake of Palácio de Cristal. The project was then remade, but the City Hall would eventually abandon the rehabilitation project due to financial reasons.
Rui Moreira opened a new public tender for the requalification and exploitation of the building that ended up in courts. The consortium that is now responsible for the requalification of the building is one of the two candidates initially that were excluded by the tender jury without even assessing the applications because they considered the applications did not meet the requirements of the tender document.

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