Located in the Parque da Pasteleira, in the amazing and magnificent area of a former water deposit, the reservoir was rehabilitated in 2017 by the architects Alexandre Alves Costa and Sérgio Fernandez.The museum project was designed by João Mendes Ribeiro.
The Reservoir opens to address the city’s material history, its foundations, walls and squares, the river that flows through it, its streets and monuments, the evolution of its urban fabric and its successive existences, conceived and built by designers and builders.
Station 1reveals the history of absence, rather than the history of presence. Fragments and further fragments are used to narrate moments that indicate the existence of the current and previous epochs. Materials from different periods coexist with audiovisual devices and different typologies of image, to show us how PortuCale – the city that gave Portugal its name – became Porto
More than recounting the history of uses and customs, the Reservoir is a place that opens up intervals in time, referring to, and intercepting, mineral and vegetal history. Given that it is no longer a water deposit, it is also not suited to serve as a deposit of objects, but rather to highlight its own porous dimension, based on constant infiltrations and flows of water.
The Reservoir was conceived as a deposit and reserve space, for research in the field of archaeology in the city, and for presentation and mediation. It offers the general public the opportunity to contact, in the sense of touching, the vestiges and materialities that testify to invention of the city, that will commence in locoby experts who specialise in the secrets of the past, to perceive the ingenuity and designs of our ancestors with our own hands and imagination.
The City Museum’s material axisstarts in the Reservoir, as the first gesture of revealing that which has been discovered in the excavations, the objects or pieces of objects that are kept, cared for and remain. There is a cycle that also begins, a movement that expands from the earth, probing these different soil layers, to return to the earth, in the final station in MdC’s map, Bonjóia – Nature Extension, which will also operate as a seedbed.
The reservoir will have a sound project by João Pais Filipe.
Images—Atlas: António Alves (MdC) and Miguel Nogueira (CMP), plant and view by João Mendes Ribeiro.
Parque da Pasteleira (West Entrance)
Rua de Gomes Eanes de Azurara
GPS: 41.151579, -8.662588
200, 204, 207, 504
Free parking spaces.