An iconic building
The new Super Bock Arena will support the growth of leisure and business tourism in Porto
In 2019, one of Porto is most cherished and iconic buildings, Pavilhão Rosa Mota, will be brought back to life as the Super Bock Arena.
The new Super Bock Arena will support the growth of leisure and business tourism in Porto, hosting large cultural, sporting and business events for up to eight thousand people.
This venue will become a new cultural hub for Porto, with its proximity to some of the city’s most famous landmarks, shops and restaurants and its great transport links and accommodation options.
The refurbishment has been sensitive to the historic architecture of the building, with the addition of a new state-of-the-art congress center, featuring a 500-seat amphitheater, four function rooms and an exhibition area.
Surrounded by the Palácio de Cristal Gardens, with a superb view over the Douro River and the cities of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia, the history of the venue has several chapters. The building opened in 1865 as The Crystal Palace. It was designed by the English architect, Thomas Dillen Jones, inspired by Crystal Palace in London. The building was designed as a granite, iron and glass structure to host the Porto International Exhibition. Over the years, the building fell into disrepair, leading to its demolition in 1951 when it was replaced by the current sports pavilion.
The new Super Bock Arena has been re-engineered to become a modern and flexible venue capable of hosting a multitude of events.
A Key focus for the renovation is sustainability and energy efficiency. Several initiatives are under way, for example, the use of water from the lake of palácio de Cristal gardens provide natural cooling of temperature control equipment, reducing energy consumption and water costs by about 40 percent.
The famous dome has been extensively remodeled, replacing the existing glazing with thermal-laminated double glazing, which will make the building more energy efficient. A range of other policies have also been implemented such as LED lighting and an efficient waste recycling programme.