playland_pool3 ©Dinis Sottomayor



Modern modes of urban inhabitation have become increasingly functional over the last decades, and the ordinary city has taken on unprecedented levels of banality. The new generation of urbanites are getting frustrated by this and are calling for new forms of inhabitation: the city as a playground, the city as a place for artistic expression. Organized as a new public water circuit within the city of Guimarães, Fountain Hacks is a ready-made strategy of low cost playful interventions that will make the city a better place to live.

By leveraging the fact that our cities are full of every day spatial experiences that typically go unnoticed, we decided to call attention to these spaces with the simple addition of some everyday objects.  In this way we were able to transform these areas from forgotten spaces, into usable public domain, ultimately asking citizens to redefine their relationship to the city and question social stigmas that might interfere with new/old ways of urban occupation.

As guerrilla actions, our project does not have the pretension to last, but it has the power to change preconceived notions of spaces during its short lifetime. Our performance architecture is also about memories; it is about living in the moment and appreciating its uniqueness.

barbecue7 ©Dinis Sottomayor barbecue10 ©Dinis Sottomayor beach_lounge6 ©Dinis Sottomayor 2 beach_lounge3 ©Dinis Sottomayor olympic_pool4 ©Francisca Sottomayorolympic_pool6 ©Francisca Sottomayorswimming_pool1 ©Francisca Sottomayor

Technical Data



LIKEarchitects + Ricardo Dourado



Guimarães, Portugal



Guimarães European Capital of Culture 2012



June – August 2012



Performance Architecture Competition 2012

1st prize



Andreia Garcia ©

Dinis Sottomayor ©

Francisca Sottomayor ©

swimming_pool8 ©Francisca Sottomayor