INSTITUTO is a focal point for various forms of cultural expression. It is situated in a restored warehouse on Rua dos Clérigos, in the heart of Porto. The original building was designed in the 1950s by the renowned architect and engineer Júlio de Brito, who was also responsible for significant projects in the vicinity such as the Teatro Rivoli, Café Aviz, and Confeitaria Ateneia. The site was initially occupied by the pharmaceutical warehouses of the Instituto Pasteur, comprising a unique collection of small industrial premises, in addition to two annexes and a spacious courtyard. In 2017, architect Paulo Moreira purchased the building and opened a studio there in 2018 after a modest and careful restoration. INSTITUTO is conceived as an interdisciplinary extension of the studio, assuming an autonomous program and management. The informality of the space and the desire to address pressing issues in today's society encourage the creation and exploration of new contemporary discourses. Within the scope of the residency programme, are especially appreciated proposals related to architecture, spatial practices, criticism, urban culture and post-colonialism, with a tangible public and social impact.