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“M.Ou.Co” is the name of the new cultural and hotel space that is about to open in the city of Porto, in Bonfim. The project – whose hotel sector is the first in the country with a multidisciplinary concept and openly directed towards the musical component – results from an investment of eight million euros (which was financed under the Norte 2020 Program) and opens next month of August in soft opening regime. The official opening will be in September.
With a total area of five thousand square meters, M.Ou.Co. it comprises a total of 62 rooms, a restaurant, a concert hall and a music library, where visitors will have the opportunity to discover a collection of vinyl records and books dedicated to the musical universe. The project also has three rehearsal rooms, a space dedicated to the musician’s health and also outdoor garden areas, swimming pool, bar and terrace. “Stay. Listen. Play” is the signature of the project that assumes itself as a place to stay, relax, listen, play and experiment, were it not for a concept that brings together Tourism, Culture and Community, with Music as the guiding principle and aggregating element.
Commitment to the cultural aspect: From health to leisure
With the objective of bringing cultures and interests together, and, above all, sharing experiences, the M.Ou.Co., as a multicultural place, presents itself with its own programming, designed on a monthly basis, mainly dedicated to the area of music. The internal cultural management team is responsible for ensuring the diversity of the cultural offer, responding to all kinds of tastes, from rock, pop and jazz, passing through electronic and experimental music, to traditional music and world music. In addition to a set of concerts, M.Ou.Co. will also make available monthly workshops, masterclasses and talks.
The highlight of the cultural aspect is the Sala M.Ou.Co., a multifaceted space with a flexible stage, natural light and direct access to the outside. With 240 square meters and a capacity for 300 people (standing) or 180 people (sitting), the room was designed by José Prata and Paulo Machado, architects responsible for the scene mechanics and the room design. The acoustic project was in charge of Rui Ribeiro, an acoustic engineer specialized in the areas of acoustic design and noise and vibration control.
Another of the differentiating aspects of M.O.Co. it involves promoting the physical and mental well-being of musicians. This new space offers a “Musician’s Health” area, with specialized monitoring and will include a set of personalized initiatives, exclusively designed for the specific needs for the physical well-being of these professionals.
Catering: An Open Point for the Community
At the M.O.Co. it will be possible to find a perfect combination between “comfort food” – inspired by traditional Portuguese cuisine – and innovation and creativity. With the signature of chef Sérgio Rosado, the dining space will feature an executive lunch menu, à la carte dinner and also a snack menu with vegan and vegetarian options.
Designed for an audience with a wide age range, the M.Ou.Co. it is a space for music lovers, for creatives, but also for professionals from all areas, from the most creative to the most traditional. The architectural project is signed by Arquitectos Aliados and the architect Susana Leite, with the construction being the responsibility of CASAIS, Engenharia e Construção, SA.