Amid the architectural diversity of one of the most representative areas in Porto,
Metamorfose , by creative team FAHR 021.3, stands out. The impact of the green
metal mesh filling the void by one of the city’s gateway is undeniable. The result
of this intimate dialogue with the city is absolute perfection when bringing
together all the elements that make up the area around São Bento train station.
Provocation is on its way. Where today decay, destruction and desertion are
what is left, Metamorfose has found its place. The ruin, part of the history of the
city, is now an area of intervention and, first and foremost, of imagination. It
engages the eye and induces discomfort. It creates a new scenery in Porto and
dignifies a space that was once destitute.
Six tons of steel, 28 metres long, 11 metres high, 5 metres deep and almost 200
intersections, all different – these are data that compose this digitally developed
metal mesh. A mesh that finds its physicality in the irregularity that is a
by-product of the human hand. In line with the creative team’s philosophy, the
plastic gesture, which breaks free from formalisms and rules in construction, in a
city centre such as Porto, puts into evidence the intent of provoking and
surprising people. The use of colour itself, default in 3D modelling software, is a
statement of its challenging essence.
This is the only way Metamorfose would ever make sense for the duo FAHR
021.3. Framed by the Locomotiva initiative, promoted by Porto Lazer , the team
present a project that sums up their provocative vision and reflects a new
architectural and artistic approach to one of the most characteristic elements in
Porto - void spaces. FAHR looks at these spaces, found repeatedly throughout the
city, and see possible opportunities for intervention and imagination.
Exception is provocative. Disruption is challenging. City and structure strike up a
dialogue. Metamorphosis awakes. Possible interpretations are endless, intent is