SANTO TIRSO RESIDENCY: FÀBRICA SANTO THYRSO
Founded in 1989 by three men hailing from Portugal, France and Liverpool Fábrica de Fiação e Tecidos de Santo Thyrso operated at the heart of the Portuguese textile and clothing industry as a working factory specializing in the production of cotton until 1990. Remaining closed for 20 years until its revival and official reopen as a center for creative projects, exhibitions and events, original structural features have been preserved and give an idea of the factories layout. This includes where the dying process took place and beams originally made in Porto, which connected to steam power and looms. Cotton within doors and surfaces made by the factory add a unique touch whilst exterior side mesh across the walls changes when hit by sunlight to reveal brickwork. There is a community garden used by Santo Tirso locals which links the factory to a green space and a museum which depicts the rich history of both production and the surrounding area.
Below shows a selection of original features, how the old cotton has been used to enhance new surfaces and a slideshow of the Santo Tirso area which of course was blissfully sunny the majority of the time.