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The Teatro Azul, an urban landmark

Updated: Jul 2, 2019


In every city, the Teatro Azul / Blue Theater would be easily recognized as a landmark, with its expressive structure, covered with deep blue ceramic tiles.

Strolling around the narrow streets surrounding the building, there is always more to explore than our eyes can reach. The complex geometry of the construction - with multiple, intertwined, and irregular volumes - establishes a strong relation with the hybrid urban background, and at the same time it radically contrasts with it.


The Teatro Azul is “spirited”. It is a singular entity (almost irreverent), inseparable from its programmatic aim and urban context. It was designed to “add sense to the pre-existent built environment, to give a new shape to the city, reintroducing meanings” (Manuel Graça Dias, 2005).


The interiors are equally vibrant, original, welcoming – inspiring the artists and the public. The stage is one of the best in the country, and the most important Portuguese theater festival is hosted here / The Festival de Teatro de Almada.


Teatro Azul is the (beautiful) name by which the Municipal Theater Joaquim Benite in Almada became known. Visiting the Teatro Azul is worth a walk in Almada!

Architecture: Manuel Graça Dias + Egas José Vieira (with Gonçalo Afonso Dias) / Contemporânea architecture office

Date: 1998-2004

Location: Almada

Link to the project: http://www.contemporanea.com.pt/tma_01.html


About the architect Manuel Graça Dias, read more on our blog: architect Manuel Graça Dias, always inspsiring



Post and photo credits: Lisboa Architecture Walks & Trips


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