Portuguese architecture studio AVA (Atelier Veloso Arquitectos) has designed the Tendinha dos Clérigos bar and nightclub, in the renewed and gentrified area of downtown Porto, in the north of Portugal.
The space is invaded with light and colour, creating a warm atmosphere distributed by two floors.
An underground floor contains all service and warehouse spaces, while the ground floor fluidly develops from a vestibule and cloakroom — separating interior and exterior spaces — into a large dance floor, anchored by two bars and other minor service spaces.
The bars feature a striking light installation, marking the limits of the space and illuminating the dance floor.
The environment is enveloped in a warm, red light, inserted in a series of "cuts" in the walls and ceiling. The different ceiling heights create a dynamic space, amplified by the harmonious light installation.
AVA (Atelier Veloso Arquitectos): Tendinha dos Clérigos, bar and club
Architects: AVA – Atelier Veloso Arquitectos (Carlos Jorge Coelho Veloso, Rui Filipe Coelho Veloso)
Client: Alberto Nuno Oliveira da Fonseca
Team: Inês Costa
Engineering: MBJ - Projectos de Engenharia Planeamento e Arquitectura, Lda. Lusoclima – Soluções de Engenharia, Lda. VHCPL – Engenharia, Unipessoal, Lda.
General contractor: ConstruPóvoas
Built area: 320 square metres
Materials: wood, glass, metallic strcutures