Demolition Threat: Vila Real Industrial Bakery
by Nadir Afonso, Vila Real, Portugal, 1965
Vila Real Industrial Bakery is now under threat of demolition. The site is planned to be redeveloped into a new private 4-stories housing building. This building designed by the Portuguese architect Nadir Afonso (1920-2013), was completed in 1965, and it’s abandoned since the beginning of 1990s, being now showing signs of major degradation.
This is a modern industrial building which stands out for the vaulted coverage with lags allowing good lighting and natural ventilation. The impact of the formal language of the building was recognised and admired in the time of its construction because of the newness value, difference and innovative character, becoming one of the most important buildings in the daily life of the population regarding its regular and economic use.
Vila Real Industrial Bakery is a project with clear influences of the work experience that Nadir Afonso had while working with Le Corbusier, in France, and with Oscar Niemeyer, in Brazil.
Docomomo International would like to raise awareness for this case and express its full support to all the initiatives conducted against the demolition of aforementioned building, in struggle of preserving it for the future generations, either within the original function or reused for public purpose.
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