Serra do Pilar Monastery is a splendid example of renaissance architecture in Portugal. It was built in the first half of the 16th century at the top of an escarpment on the south bank of the River Douro, known as Serra do Pilar. It offers an exceptional panoramic view of Porto and Gaia. The monastery has been classified as a World Heritage Site.
The work done on the building by PFMJM Arquitectos, a Portuguese firm of architects, means that the public can now enjoy remarkable areas that had not been open to visitors. They include the church, dome and cloister, thanks to the restoration and reorganisation of the locations to create a new circuit for visitors.
Paulo Freitas and Maria João Marques, the head architects, used Black Valchromat in all the restored areas in a variety of different ways:
- To cover the walls and for the furniture in the reception and shop area
- In the signage and flooring in the lobby leading into all the rooms
- In the benches in the world heritage room, which is used for video wall projections
- In the exhibit supports in the listed building room, which houses an exhibition of buildings classified as national monuments