The architectural project
In an international competition in 2012, Aires Mateus e Associados is the architects’ practice which was selected from among 80 other agencies to design and build the ccc od building. The practice based in Lisbon is made up of Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus.
The Portuguese Agency was chosen on specific criteria :
Starting with a building built in the 1950s, an icon with a listed historical heritage and bearing the city’s collective memory, they were able to articulate a new space made of hewn stone, one which appears to float above a gallery made from glass, lit internally. Together the two buildings create an interplay of filled and empty spaces with a variety of scales and volumes, with humans always at their heart.
Light has a major role within their aesthetic, with interaction between transparency and a hewn stone which is quarried locally, called ‘la pierre de Tercé’
The Loire, one of the last truly wild rivers of Europe, is the historical frontier between the North and the South, so the highly specific identity of this southern European architecture seemed to be naturally adapted to the ccc od project, reviving the region’s prestigious cultural heritage.
With its three main exhibition spaces, the Aires Mateus brothers’ project responded to the needs of artists, as identified by the CCC in the course of its experience over the years.