Urban Planning

Bolhão is nominated for an architectural prize that distinguishes the intervention in the patrimony

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Guilherme Costa Oliveira

The intervention of Mercado do Bolhão is, once again, under the spotlight. The project is one of the finalists in the fourth edition of the European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention, an initiative that aims to “give visibility and recognition to good practice in heritage intervention”.

The jury selected the project by Nuno Valentim because “this transformative action, attentive to the existing heritage, aims to enhance the building identity and coherence, removing spurious elements and managing new infrastructures without losing its most important values – the sellers, the users and the fresh market activity”.

Mercado do Bolhão is running for the category “Built Heritage” next to 15 other projects, from Spain, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and Portugal, selected by the architects Dikkie Scipio, Susana Valbuena, and Kimmo Lintula, from a total of 174 candidates.

The European Award for Architectural Heritage Intervention will also distinguish the best European project in the field of “Exterior Spaces”.

The winners of the event, organised in partnership to the Architects’ Association of Catalonia, will be known on June 1st, in Barcelona.

The rehabilitation project in Mercado do Bolhão has been recognised in other occasions, the most recent in Salão Imobiliário de Portugal, but also in the Prémios Construir 2022.

Right now, it is nominated for the Prémio Nacional de Reabilitação Urbana 2023, by Vida Imobiliária, for the Prémio FAD by Arquitetura e Interiorismo 2023, and to the EUPrize (AADIPA), both in Barcelona.