Braga company invests 20 million to transform former Lactogal into business center

The Castro Group, from Braga, which is dedicated to real estate investment, will transform the former Lactogal factory, located in Matosinhos, Porto district, into a business center, with 18 thousand square meters, it was announced today. Second The Business Journal, it is an investment of 20 million euros.

In a statement, the group from Braga says that the new complex already has a name – SPARK – Smart Park Matosinhos, which reflects the concept idealized for this project: a smarter building, aimed at the people who occupy it – “smart buildings” – and which, at the same time, is connected with the planet.

The competition included proposals from six national architecture offices, the winner of which belongs to Paulo Merlini Architects. Motivated by the motto “Us Is More”, this office is known for developing projects that “give people the right stimuli by positively influencing their homeostatic levels”.

Photo: Images from the Contest Phase

The idea competition – notes the Castro Group – aimed to find the best architectural solution for adapting existing buildings to new uses for offices and services, while maintaining their industrial architecture.

“In this competition we had high quality proposals, where the project presented by Paulo Merlini stands out, as it meets the values ​​of the Group and the projects where we want to leave our mark”, says Paulo Castro, CEO of Castro Group

“We also emphasize the quality of the intervention proposal, where the rehabilitation of the existing one was privileged and where the new construction appears framed in a harmonious way. The chosen office was able to present an approach that highlights the care for the idealization of spaces that reconcile the quality of work with the quality of life and well-being of its users. Simultaneously, they found in nature the motto to enhance and dynamize the surrounding area through the creation of squares open to the community and services that create a fluid and synergistic environment between the interior and the exterior”, he adds.

Current status of the factory. Photo: DR

Current status of the factory. Photo: DR

Current status of the factory. Photo: DR

Current status of the factory. Photo: DR

For his part, Paulo Merlini, CEO and founder of the winning office, states that “from the first visit to the building, it became immediately clear that any intervention should maintain and ideally enhance the energy of the pre-existing building, from what was once a symbol of the region”.

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He adds: “This became one of the basic premises of the entire project. Although one of the guidelines of the competition was the expansion of the construction area to double the original, we tried to make our intervention as less invasive as possible, highlighting this sleeping giant. We have developed a solution that, on the one hand, seeks to enhance the presence of the original building, on the other, seeks to become an expression of what we believe the office of the future should be, of the post-pandemic reality. A space that responds to the biological needs rooted in our genome, a building that expresses itself in a new fusion between home and office building”.

In this new proposal, the connection between interior spaces (offices of the future) and exterior spaces (green areas and open to the community) is present in a meeting point between people, ideas, business, architecture and nature.

Lactogal began to be built in 1964 and completed in 1967. The factory unit was used for the production and storage of milk, having been discontinued in 2009.

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