Walk towards the port and do not miss a visit to the 33 – Design Centre Nini Andrade Silva, located in the emblematic building of Fortaleza da Nossa Senhora da Conceição, which was once the home of Gonçalves Zarco. With a stunning view over the entire bay of Funchal, the space documents the Madeiran designer’s career and work and features a permanent exhibition, which is part of Nini Andrade Silva’s private collection, where the history and culture of Madeira and its strong connection to the history of the sea are visible. The Nini Andrade Silva Design Centre is a meeting and sharing place endowed with unique services and space valences, such as a permanent exhibition area, shop, restaurant service and a restaurant.
Besides documenting the designer’s career and work, the Design Centre intends, actively and dynamically, to become a hub and laboratory of ideas, as well as a centre for development and innovation, where all artistic expressions and thoughts can be found in this place. The place that was once the home of Gonçalves Zarco, a former Portuguese navigator and colonizer of the Madeira Archipelago.
The existing permanent exhibition, which is part of the private collection of Nini Andrade Silva, is at the origin of the creation of the Design Centre, a project whose exhibition discourse allows explaining, in an unprecedented way, the history and culture of Madeira and its strong connection to the history of the sea.