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Portalen: Gloria Cabral

Drawing: Gloria Cabral. 2024. Portalen.
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Portalen: Gloria Cabral

Enter through the front door to ArkDes: Portalen. Every year an architect or designer is invited to imagine and construct a new entrance to the museum. In 2024, the portal is designed by Gloria Cabral.

Gloria Cabral is an architect who works with reused materials and spectacular construction methods to create architecture that is as impressive as it is beautiful. In her first project in Scandinavia, the Brazilian-Paraguayan architect builds a portal of light and shadow into the museum.

Driven by the idea of sucio, a Spanish word that suggests something grubby or dirty, Cabral’s architecture harnesses the gritty reality of building materials—such as brick and concrete—to reveal the poetic joy in the ordinary. Theirs is a precise response to sustainability, artistry, and engineering prowess.

From the scale of a sketch to that of a building, ArkDes believes that architecture can be experienced in many ways. Gloria Cabral’s début Portalen is the first in an annual series of large-scale installations in public space that respond to the times in which we live, offering ways to love the world that is coming.


Portalen is the front door to the museum and our most important annual commission, experienced by visitors and passers-by alike. Each year a globally renowned architect or designer imagines and constructs a new entrance to ArkDes, creating an immersive entrance experience that demonstrates the power and potential of architecture today. 

Photo: ArkDes. 2023. Gloria Cabral visiting Stockholm.

Gloria Cabral (São Paulo, 1982) is an internationally acclaimed architect who lives and works between Paraguay and Brazil. She is the recipient of the 2018 Moira Gemmill Award for Emerging Women in Architecture ↗ (awarded by the Architectural Review) and, with Solanito Benítez, won the Golden Lion at the 15th International Architecture ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia for “harnessing simple materials, structural ingenuity and unskilled labour to bring architecture to underserved communities.”

In collaboration with Sammy Baloji and Cécile Fromont, Cabral presented Debris of History, Matters of Memory at the 18th International Architecture ExhibitionLa Biennale di Venezia. Between 2004 and 2020 she was a partner at the award-winning studio Gabinete de Arquitectura, and between 2014 and 2015 was the mentee of Peter Zumthor as part of the Rolex Mentor and Protégé program.