Joana Rafael (b.1979) is an architect, researcher and lecturer currently based in Porto, Portugal, working between architecture, (issues of) ecology and visual culture. She holds a PhD (2017) in Visual Cultures and an MRes (2009) in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London, an MA (2008) from the Metropolis Graduate Programme in Architecture and Urban Culture, run by the Centre for Contemporary Culture, Barcelona and a degree (2002) in Architecture from the University of Minho, Guimarães. Joana is a member of ID+ (Research Institute for Design, Media and Culture), NIAM (Nucleus of Research in Arts and Multimedia) and CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning). Joana also possesses a Certificate of Sustainable Agriculture and Biological Farming Practice, from Espaço Virtual, Porto, Portugal.
Armazém do chá
Bar & Nightclub in (pre-existent) building with construction license from 10/25/1911 and considered property of cultural heritage value or interest - due to specificity of having a facade of manifest architectural and historical value: built in apparent granite and characterized by four vertical openings defined by lintel, lintel and curved jamb.
Given the architectural interest of the building, the architecture project intended for the establishment of the Bar & Nightclub, adapts the intended use to the existing building typology, preserving all the characteristic elements, and adopts the criterion of applying construction techniques and original materials, as they are immune to structural behaviour of the building as well as reversible: i.e. possible to be removed without affecting or damaging the heritage.