Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown

Kaitlin McMahan – Post 7

champalimaud centre

This building is actually a state-of-the-art biomedical research facility created around the need therapy through beauty. Charles Correa described the inspiration for the building as “Architecture through sculpture. Architecture as beauty. Beauty as therapy.” It was built in 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal and made of almost entirely of limestone and glass.

champalimaud centre inside

The building is one of Charles Correa’s favorite designs and he says that he is proud the building is a research facility and that its beautiful design can actually provide some relief to it’s inhabitants. The spot is was built on was picked specifically for its historic significance. That piece of coast in Lisbon is where Henry the Navigator, Vasco de Gama, and other Portuguese explorers left on their journey into the unknown. That brave discovery spirit is what the entire staff of the Champalimaud Centre hope to replicate in their endeavors.

I think love that this building is a medical center. I think that the idea that architecture is sculpture and can be therapeutic is a neat twist that both adds character to the building and helps people at the same time. It adds significance to the building for me. I like that Charles Correa always tries to make his buildings environmentally friendly without taking away from the feel of the building.

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