José Carlos Cruz’s Farmácia Lordelo

Jose Carlos Cruz Farmacia Villa Real Portugal

Jose Carlos Cruz Farmacia Villa Real Portugal

Jose Carlos Cruz Farmacia Villa Real Portugal

Sometimes, the way architecture is photographed makes the spaces appear too pristine and sterile. You can almost hear a voice saying “Hey guys, check out this big, empty room!” Yet there are times when it’s important for a space to be sterile: places like surgery rooms, laboratory hoods or a pharmacist’s bench. This particular pharmacy–-or rather the Farmácia Lordelo—designed by José Carlos Cruz expands the clean surface that a pharmacist uses into an immersive environment. Built in Portugal (and photographed by FG+SG) the interior of this project is built almost entirely in white, glossy and rounded surfaces. In contrast, the exterior of the project is finished in a perforated metal skin that disguises every feature except for the entrance. And the neighborhood surrounding the project looks like a diverse mix of aging buildings, but the inside looks so clean and contemporary. I wonder if the folks who walk into this environment feel like clinical professionals simply because of its appearance.

Alex Dent

January 10, 2013 / By

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