Designing with natural stone — Portugal 2016 (with video)


Architects from around the world discover Portuguese stone at the second edition of Marmomacc Stone Academy in Portugal.

Designing with Natural Stone - Portugal 2016

The second edition of the programme Designing with Natural Stone — Portugal 2016 began on the 22nd of June, part of the Marmomacc Stone Academy.

Twenty-four architects from various countries spent four days visiting different quarries and marble and limestone manufacturing facilities in the Alentejo and Parque Natural das Serras de Aire e Candeeiros. During the trip information sessions were presented, explaining the characteristics of Portuguese stone, as well as excursions to see local monuments built from the same stone.

The objective is to “allow a closer contact between the companies and those who decide which stones will be used in diverse projects around the world,” explains Miguel Goulão, Chairman of Assimagra, the association promoting this initiative.

The first edition was held in June 2014. In 2016, although the number of participants remains the same, they came from a far more diverse selection of countries: Brazil, Canada, Estonia, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States.

The initiative is part of the Marmomacc Stone academies and was organized by Assimagra and Veronafieri (organizers of Marmomacc), with consultation from Vince Marazita (Stone Trends International).