Shimmering brass walls surround this arts centre that Portuguese firm Pitagoras Arquitectos have just completed in GuimarÃ£es.
The new two-storey structure comprises a series of irregularly stacked volumesÂ that extend out from a refurbished row of existing buildings on the edge of an old market square in the city centre.
Rows of rectilinear brass pipes give the centre its ridged golden facade, while mirrors clad the underside ofÂ cantileveredÂ rooms on the first floor.
Two underground levels are located beneath the square to provide galleries, anÂ auditoriumÂ and a car park, plus the building also houses creative workshops and offices.
The opening of the centre ties in with the cityâ€™s status as EuropeanÂ Capital of Culture for 2012 and will showcase a permanent collection of works by local artistÂ Jose de GuimarÃ£es.
Buildings with golden exteriors have been popular in the last year and so far weâ€™ve featured a library, a pavilion, a museum and a wedding chapel with golden walls.