CCB - Centro Cultural de Belém
The construction of the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon) began in 1988, after the presentation of 57 projects, with the consortium of the Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti and the Portuguese architect Manuel Salgado being finally selected. It was originally designed to host the Portuguese presidency of the European Union in 1992, and later became a centre for cultural activities.
Today, it is one of the greatest icons of modern Lisbon, housing one of the most interesting collections of modern art that can be visited. Moreover, its location is a privilege, as it is situated in the emblematic Belém neighbourhood next to other monuments such as the Jerónimos Monastery, the Belém Tower and the MAAT.
In one of the accesses to the CCB, Manusa was commissioned to replace two revolving doors with two curved double doors.
Curved automatic doors for singular entrances
Manusa's task consisted of removing the installed doors and adapting that part of the façade in order to fit the curved doors. For this purpose, important iron works were carried out with curved UPN beams to support the doors. In addition, the customised interior ceilings were also installed, integrating special LED ceiling lighting in accordance with the specifications of the CCB's management.
The curved automatic doors allow an intense, fast and orderly people flow, such as the access to a museum like the CCB, but without having to renounce to a singular and elegant entrance.