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ABOUT US

The Porto Arts Club is an exclusive members’ club, envisioned as a unique community where kindred spirits gather to work, play and socialise. With a focus on music, contemporary art, and design, The Porto Arts Club is a creative hub and a second home to locals and global travellers alike.

Located in Porto’s Foz do Douro, a picturesque fisherman’s village a few miles from the city centre, the Club is ideally situated to make the most of all that Porto has to offer, from its sandy beaches and busy harbour on the Atlantic to the lush wine country of the Douro Valley.

Founder

The Porto Arts Club was founded by art dealer and entrepreneur Marc Jancou who has worked with numerous artists, supported many contemporary art projects and collaborated with several creative organisations and institutions.

A testament to the Club’s commitment to advancing and celebrating contemporary design, the Blue Bar, one of its most distinguishing features, is the work of renowned Swiss architects Trix & Robert Haussmann, while award winning architect and designer Sophie Dries is responsible for the design of the Clubhouse.

DEVELOPERS, DESIGNERS & ARCHITECTS

Masslab

Architect, Porto, Portugal

MASSlab is an innovative contemporary design studio active in the fields of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and comprehensive planning. The Porto based studio was founded in 2014 and is owned and operated by three partners: Diogo Rocha, Duarte Fontes and Lourenço Rodrigues. 

The supporting multidisciplinary design team features a fertile mix of professional and educational backgrounds. The core team is complemented with a strong and growing network of collaborators across Europe. 

MASSlab is currently working to realise a diverse and exciting portfolio of projects in Portugal and abroad, that range from public spaces, buildings and masterplans. 

Trix & Robert Haussmann

Designers 

A dynamic duo and design powerhouse, Trix and Robert Haussmann have made significant contributions to the field of design and interiors, both in Switzerland and internationally. With strong roots in modern architecture, they have had long collaborative careers and produced a vast creative output. Robert studied under Gerrit Rietveld and Johannes Itten, while Trix completed her architectural studies at the ETH Zurich. 

The couple has had numerous solo exhibitions and collaborated on many architectural and design projects, including the Kronenhalle Bar in Zurich and the Hotel Plaza in Basel. In 2013, they were awarded the Grand Prix Design by the Swiss Federal Office of Culture.

Ris + Partners

Architects, Switzerland

For over 25 years, Antoine Ris has developed his activities within his firm known as Ris + Partners Architects SA.

Antoine Ris has repeatedly distinguished himself by winning numerous awards in architecture and urban planning competitions. Award-winning projects in the context of the new village of Chêne-Bougeries or the reconstruction of the souks in Beirut are examples of the diversity of his work. He has worked on a local, national, and international scale, leading projects in places such as Canada, New York, and Dubai. He has also conducted numerous feasibility studies and provided project management services, including the rehabilitation of Uni-Dufour with the Japanese artist Tatsuo Myajima.

Sophie Dries

Designer, Paris

Architect and HMNOP Designer, Sophie Dries is a graduate of ENSA Paris-Malaquais as well as AALTO University in Helsinki.

The Studio has been active in Paris since 2014 and in Milan since 2017, and has specialised in the creation of private residences, hotels, luxury boutiques and exhibition scenography and also creates numbered edition pieces.

Today, Sophie Dries has been selected as one of the Top 100 AD Designers of 2022, and is one of the Top 100 Interior Designers of the World by Phaidon and the AD & Land Rover Awards.

Matriz

Construction 

Founded in 1980 Matriz are an acclaimed construction company and have been operating in the greater Porto area for over thirty-five years.  

Featuring a team of 75 and over 375 realised projects by noteworthy architects,  Matriz’s constant success in the field of construction is testament to the winning combination of professionalism, friendship and trust.  

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