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Andrade: Rowing Centre
Portuguese architect Alvaro Andrade designs in the Douro valley the Rowing High Performance Centre a minimalistic complex composed by great white volumes deployed along the terrain, imitating the traditional walled terraced.
The Centro de Alto Rendimento de Foz Côa (Car) in Pocinho is located in one of the most beautiful and idyllic valleys in the world – the Douro valley – one of the best places to practice this sport.
The project is structured into three key components: Social Zone, Housing and Training. The entire project fuses with the reinterpretation of two secular elements of the landscape construction in Douro Valley: the walled terraced, a recurrent form of “inhabiting” this place, and the great white volumes of large production units, deployed along the terrain, formally complex and volumetrically diverse.