ROCA LISBOA GALLERY
ROCA LISBOA GALLERY
Roca Lisboa Gallery
Roca Lisboa Gallery is the brand’s symbolic building in the Portuguese capital of neoclassical origin, built over 100 years ago. This building stands out among the other buildings in its surroundings, the Plaza de los Restauradores, and is a design reference for the city of Lisbon.
All floors follow the concept of an open and diaphanous gallery and aim to offer the visitor a unique experience.
The columns, stairs, wooden floors, and cornices were restored to preserve their personality and this, in turn, should add warmth to what was a corporate building where many exhibitions take place.
When the building was remodelled, the structure was completely demolished to create open plan floors, maintaining the very peculiar essence of Lisbon and the decorative and catalogued elements of the building: the parquet, mouldings, carpentry, and doors underwent an exhaustive restoration.
The ground floor houses the exhibitions with an ultra-modern and very open aesthetic. The colour black was chosen to contrast with the other floors that are white.
The mesh porcelain flooring is custom-made by Roca itself and designed exclusively for this gallery. The cladding is in a textured and lacquered aluminium and creates a pyramidal relief that provides a feeling of fluidity, like water, which is the main element of this space.
On this floor, there are glossy black touch tables with aluminium cladding.
The main wooden staircase provides access to all floors and is another determining architectural element of this project.
“We wanted to adapt the staircase to the ground floor, so this initial section was covered with a matte varnished black steel sheet and a glass railing was installed…”
The remaining five floors are all white and include glossy white methacrylate displays with built-in screens. Every floor also has audiovisual exhibitors.
The project had to combine the past with the future, so a very ambitious condition was to maintain the defining characteristics of the old mansion from 1909, preserving its personality but equipping each of the five floors with the latest technology… and we did it.