The Museum of Art and Archaeology of the Côa Valley, was built to hold and promote
Paleolithic art discovers in Côa Valley. Being perhaps man’s first land art
manifestation, Côa engravings were classified as World Heritage Site. The
Museum design concept starts with the idea of conceiving a museum as an
“installation on the landscape”, like a “stone carved in the landscape”. The
use of concrete made with shale pigment of local stone, was the solution found
to materialize the concept of “stone carved in the landscape” making the museum
a natural part of the environement.