Village Underground is a certificated creative incubator space, a coworking community and a creative events destination.
Its unique architectural structure is made from shipping containers and double decker buses, recycled into office spaces, a café and conference room. A landmark in the Lisbon landscape, Village Underground is home to a new creative community.
Village Underground (VU) is an international platform that has existed in London since 2007 and arrived in Lisbon in 2014. It is part of Transeurope Halles, a European network comprising more than 50 independent cultural spaces, with a head office in Sweden. The Village Underground concept incorporates two distinct spaces: a working area for the creative community and a multicultural space. The project is based on the renovation of unused equipment and locations, to be reshaped and brought to life.
In Lisbon the area consists of 14 shipping containers transformed into office space, and a conference room and café made from renovated double decker buses from transporte company Carris. The work spaces are designed to host professionals from creative industries, amongst others. In London, the partner project is made from underground train carriages hoisted up to the roof of a building in East London.
Rent is calculated per work station: one table per person per month at a rate of 150€ including power and cleaning. Each container holds five tables occupied by different projects/artists. These spaces may be leased by the hour or week for specific projects or those who are just passing by and require a temporary workplace in Lisbon in an inspiring setting.
Village Underground Lisboa is a multiuse space serving as a stage for concerts, or hosting exhibitions, theater shows, or conferences, some of which are co-productions with Village Underground London. It also serves as a platform for promoting artists gravitating between VU Lisboa and London. It is also an events space which can be leased to a range of other entities or projects.
Architecture, Creative industries areas