Vodafone Head Office in Porto, Portugal

The architects at Barbosa e Guimaraes Arquitectos are clearly trying to show the Japanese that they’re not the only one who can create beautifully minimal buildings. They’ve created the amazing building you see above for Vodafone in Porto, Portugal where it acts as their main office. I’m totally smitten with this building. Though the materials are simply, the dimensions of the building definitely are not. The building starts to look like a giant, faceted jewel, the angles coming in and out seemingly randomly. Inside it’s just as minimal with recessed lighting that looks to me like glowing cracks in the facade.

I think it would be great to work in a building like this. I think every morning I’d walk up with a bit of a smile on my face. Photos by Fernando Guerra.

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January 13, 2010