Ar.Co - Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual

João Santa-Rita, 2017 (reab.)

Nuno Martinho

Open Visits

Visit with no monitoring, within the designated timetable.

Regular Visits

Visit to the space accompanied by our team of volunteers present at the location.


Guided tour made by the author of the architectural project himself or by an invited specialist.

João Santa-Rita

Maximum 25 people per visit

No reservation required; first-come, first-served

Wheelchair access

Photography allowed


The former Xabregas Market, built in 1956 to a modernist design, now houses the Ar.Co Art and Visual Communication School. The remodelling project adopted a new idiom, with steps and ramps in concrete, steel grid rails and elements in painted steel sheeting reflecting the choices made to redesign and revitalise the space. Where once fresh produce was sold, now Photography, Painting, Drawing, Illustration/Comic, Jewellery, Cinema, and Art History and Theory classes are given. This project is part of the overall plan to transform this part of East Lisbon into a new urban and cultural hub.


Antigo Mercado de Xabregas, Rua Gualdim Pais

Directions: Google Maps / Apple Maps

Public Transport

Bus: 718, 728, 742, 759, 781, 782, 794