Centro Cultural Usina do Gasometro (Gasometer Factory), Porto Alegre

(3.6/5 based on 1,000+ reviews on the web)
You will be struck by the size of this old power station, with its massive concrete columns, internal metal framework, and tall chimney. Now a cultural center, this impressive space is home to an independent cinema, excellent bookshop, several galleries and small boutiques, a theater, a café, and even a paper recycling company. With a full schedule of events, you will always find something going on, from photography exhibitions to dance performances. As you look around Centro Cultural Usina do Gasometro (Gasometer Factory), you will see reminders of its industrious past, like the walls of the old coal-burning ovens preserved on the first floor. Two terraces provide fantastic views of Porto Alegre and Lago Guaíba, the banks of which are a popular meeting place where you will find gauchos--local residents--enjoying chimarrão, a traditional caffeine-rich drink. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Porto Alegre holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Centro Cultural Usina do Gasometro (Gasometer Factory) and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • In 1928 the Cia Riograndense-CEERG electric power, a subsidiary of the American multinational Electric Bond and Share that managed the electricity and electrical transport of Porto Alegre until 1954, assumed the monopoly of the sector of production and distribution of electricity and gas in the capital, replacing the Cia plants Fiat Lux, Cla Força e Luz Porto-Alegrense and Municipal power plant According to the agreement, the new company should keep running these three plants and build a new thermoelectric, then came the Gasometer's thermal power plant that was inaugurated on the day 15 November 1928, in so called Praia do Arsenal, although the name was actually a coal-powered plant and has undeniable historic importance, because the still incipient industrialization in Brazil. The architectural complex received this name due to the proximity with the former hydrogen gas plant Carbonado that provided gas for the lighting and supply stoves, built in 1874 and which was located on Washington Street, old street Pantalone Telles, the perimeter popularly called the "back of the Gasometer. The project came from England, as well as all the machines and materials and was one of the first reinforced concrete buildings in the State, has brick masonry lock, with openings defined by large steel frames frames and the building was divided into three large boiler houses, of machines and devices. The Casa das Caldeiras, right foot around twenty meters consists of gantries that sustain five bunkers and these after receiving coal, distributed the fuel by gravity to the five existing kilns on the ground floor, the "engine room" had a single floor divided by concrete blocks that served as support for turbos-generators, below this level there was a set of tanks for cooling equipment , which communicated directly with the river and above this set of foundations, kept the turbos-generators, whose space was ample and no bulkheads, with walls lined with white tiles, and finally the "Home appliances" which contained the support Assembly, distribution, administration and services and was covered by a large terrace with waterproof slab of 780.00 m2. The 101 metre chimney was constructed in 1937 during the administration of Alberto Bins to ease the problems caused by the emission of ashes, but due to the oil crisis and the lack of policies to meet the demand for energy, in 1974 the plant was turned off and after a few tries of demolition which were avoided thanks to the reaction of civil society in 1982 the Eletrobrás transferred to the municipality the land use and in the same year, the State Government fell the chimney and in 1983, the municipal government has fallen building. Since 1991 the Gasometer plant serves as a Cultural Center and the 18000 square meters House auditoriums, multipurpose halls, amphitheatres for video and multiple activities, photo lab, recording studio, video library, exhibition space, a documentation centre with library, cinema, theatre and variety square with restaurants and bars. Administered by the city, has spaces for exhibitions on the ground floor, as the Iberê Camargo Gallery and the Gallery of the arches, the latter exclusively for photographic shows, on the second floor is the Teatro Elis Regina, and situated on the third floor the room p. f. Gastal is the first cinema hall, with a capacity of 118 seats and that pays homage to the journalist and film critic Paulo Fontoura Gastal Gaucho. The ground floor has reception, lobby used for events, exhibitions, fairs, shops, paper Plant, an area used for recycling paper and hold workshops and the Memorial of the plant. The second floor has space for large trade fairs and exhibitions, with a stage for events, seminars and conferences, the Juliet Battistioli Room that is a tribute to the first Deputy Mayor of Porto Alegre, has capacity for 250 people. On the third floor is the coordination of film, video and photography and the Cinema, the fourth floor has an area of 403m ² for exhibitions and two terraces, one with views of the Guaíba and another to the city centre. The fifth floor has three rooms for shows and rehearsals, with a capacity of 40 seats, there is the Gallery Lunara, inaugurated on 26 June 2001 and that pays homage to one of the pioneers of local photography, Luis Ramos, Hattie's Birth, that photos made memorable city records in the early decades of the 20th century. In room 503 is a collection of films and videos from air-conditioned SMC, under the responsibility of the coordination of film, video and photography and the area on the sixth floor is used by the core of General Services and the coordination of the Carnival, decentralisation, demonstrations, Exhibitions, Artistic Collection staff and Municipal Council of culture. In 2007 the plant went through some internal reforms, including repainting of your exterior, currently the Teatro Elis Regina is in the works and will receive a new conformation of your physical space and equipment. The building of the power plant of the Gasometer is one of the best, most traditional and privileged points to enjoy the famous sunset of the city on the Guaíba and also constitutes the great cultural center of the city, being on stage in the most diverse artistic manifestations and harboring numerous activities carried out by groups of painting, dance and theatre, as well as a tourist information centre and in the period from 11 September to 10 November hosts part of the works of 9th Mercosul biennial in Porto Alegre. The plant also features a privileged external space with ample parking and place for shows.
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  • generally the place was pretty empty, poorly maintained, now with the works and renovations believe will be further tapped. very wide and the guaiba River of a show the part
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  • The place is beautiful and interesting, but doesn't seem to be very careful, and empty of attractions (like 5 or 6 floors has could become an excellent pole of cultural attractions). Maybe I was in the period of "entresafra", but the case does not offer anything interesting except his own local architecture and the beautiful view of the Guaíba. Deserves better attention of the secretariats of culture and tourism.
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  • Bem interessante!
  • Amazing! This place is very cultural it and has heaps of art shows. Plus you get to see a very nice view of Porto Alegre from the top.
  • lindo
  • Adoro caminhar e andar de bicicleta no Gasometro. Lugar lindo e muito gostoso de ir.
  • The building seems underused.