DOING with Gabriela Albergaria, Pedro Tudela and Nuno Durão

Viseu, Portugal (2017) 

MUD III - Jardins Efémeros Festival



This is a project from Gabriela Albergaria (  )

for the "Jardins Efémeros" Festival, under the theme "Paradoxo", with sound installation concept by Pedro Tudela.

A king (D.Duarte), a historic city center, a Olive Tree and Earth. These are the main characters in this story.

A confront between the man´s power and the nature. The natural elements in confront with a King.

The sound installation, is based on the elements recorded around the city, and brought to the center. It changes completely the perception of the square and all intervention. 

By doing, a compromise was taken between the earth available in this region of Portugal and the expectation of the artist for this piece. At the same time was necessary to find the ideal earth mixture to achieve the necessary characteristics for this type of uses.

For the execution was essencial the envolvment of different companies and persons that even not used with this construction method where able to work together finding the solutions for the difficulties we faced during the all process.

This work was divided in 3 fases:

- Earth experiment and mixture;

- construction (and transport) of a pre-fabricated element on rammed-earth;

- Construction of the rammed earth floor on site


experiment and  mixture (30 m3 of mixed earth)

pre-fabricated element (execution)

12 Tons pre-fabricated element (transport)


Rammed earth Floor


Project Concept: Gabriela Albergaria

Sound Installation: Pedro Tudela

Consulting and Thecnical Support: Doing​

Coordenation: Nuno Vasconcelos

Execution: Nuno Vasconcelos, Matos&Marques Lda, Sr. Manuel​

Metal Structure Planing: Nuno Durão Arquitectos

Photos: Nuno Vasconcelos / Fernando Carqueja

Localization: Viseu, Portugal

Year: 2017