Buinho

FabLab and Creative Hub in rural environment

Rua Nova de São Brás 43, 7600-346 Messejana, Portugal

Fab Lab Creative Hub Makerspace Thinktank Hackerspace Research Laboratory

Space size 300 m²

Opened in December 2015

Structure type Non-profit association

Explored in February 2020


Buinho is a Creative Hub and the first rural Fablab in Portugal. Since 2015, creatives, makers, educators, and researchers unite in Messejana to experiment, prototype and learn. The aim of our association is to be an inspiring place, which fosters creativity, collaboration and innovation at the intersection of arts, technology and society. We offer various educative programs, private accommodation, different studios, and a creative residency program open for artists and makers from all over the world.

Main interests

Community Education Design Photography Recycling & upcycling Sustainability Social Innovation Do-it-yourself Technology - machines & tools Robotics Hacking Industry & innovation Electronics Art & culture Digital fabrication Circular economy STEAM education Precious Plastic

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Creative Residencies

Buinho has two houses that can accommodate up to 6 residents in individual and double bedrooms. The creative residencies provide a unique experience and working possibilities.

The Creative Residencies program is an opportunity to live and work in the town of Messejana for a period of up to three months!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Interview & guided tour

Meet someone from the team & discover the space by yourself!

Our workshop

Learn more about our space, members, machines & services!

STORY - Fablab in a rural environment

In 2015 our team created Buinho Association and with it the first fablab in rural Portugal. It was a very disruptive approach, started by a team of designers, teachers and researchers from digital and creative fields. Today Buinho is a European reference for our residency program, as well as our educational and community related programs.


VISION - Arts, Technology & Society

Our vision is to be an inspiring place which fosters creativity, collaboration and innovation. We operate at the intersection of arts, technology and society. Our work focuses on emergent technologies as instruments of social change, resilience, and sustainability. We are guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusion.

Artists, makers, designers, educators, researchers — individuals and teams — everybody is invited.


“Buinho is a work in progress — we are, together with our residents always improving the spaces and adapting them based on the overall vision and current needs.”

The team is composed by:

Carlos Alcobia Founder and General Manager
Sara Albino Founder and Research Coordinator
Alexia Figueiredo Education Coordinator
Duarte Filipe Educator
Fiona Hawes Educative Consultant
Inês Mourato Educator
Ivan Vuksanow Design and Strategy Consultant
Mónica Reis Administrative Support
Polina Kushnerevich UX and Visual Designer

Buinho is more than just a fablab. We offer private accommodation, working studios, Precious Plastic workspace and machine building, daily production support, all within a creative framework open for artists and makers from different disciplines.

To us it is very important that our programs and actions are interconnected with the local community and heritage.

Among other initiatives, we offer:

  • a weekly cultural program promoted together with members of the local community
  • opportunities for artists to engage with our educational programs which extend to other municipalities in the Alentejo Region
  • residents to have the possibility to organize an open studio event open to the general public

Buinho is the ideal place for those who want to adopt a more experimental attitude in their creative practice, offering a unique experience to its residents.

STORY - Fablab in a rural environment

In 2015 our team created Buinho Association and with it the first fablab in rural Portugal. It was a very disruptive approach, started by a team of designers, teachers and researchers from digital and creative fields. Today Buinho is a European reference for our residency program, as well as our educational and community related programs.


VISION - Arts, Technology & Society

Our vision is to be an inspiring place which fosters creativity, collaboration and innovation. We operate at the intersection of arts, technology and society. Our work focuses on emergent technologies as instruments of social change, resilience, and sustainability. We are guided by the values of fairness, openness and inclusion.

Artists, makers, designers, educators, researchers — individuals and teams — everybody is invited.


“Buinho is a work in progress — we are, together with our residents always improving the spaces and adapting them based on the overall vision and current needs.”

The team is composed by:

Carlos Alcobia Founder and General Manager
Sara Albino Founder and Research Coordinator
Alexia Figueiredo Education Coordinator
Duarte Filipe Educator
Fiona Hawes Educative Consultant
Inês Mourato Educator
Ivan Vuksanow Design and Strategy Consultant
Mónica Reis Administrative Support
Polina Kushnerevich UX and Visual Designer

Buinho is more than just a fablab. We offer private accommodation, working studios, Precious Plastic workspace and machine building, daily production support, all within a creative framework open for artists and makers from different disciplines.

To us it is very important that our programs and actions are interconnected with the local community and heritage.

Among other initiatives, we offer:

  • a weekly cultural program promoted together with members of the local community
  • opportunities for artists to engage with our educational programs which extend to other municipalities in the Alentejo Region
  • residents to have the possibility to organize an open studio event open to the general public

Buinho is the ideal place for those who want to adopt a more experimental attitude in their creative practice, offering a unique experience to its residents.

Technologies & processes available

3D scanning 3D printing Laser cutting Vinyl cutting CNC milling Electronics Photo & video Printing, drawing & painting Robotics Textile machines Welding Arduino Precious Plastic Machines Aquaponics & hydroponics Biomaterial Plastic recycling Citizen Sensing

Services offered

Student Internship Workshop memberships Kids classes & holiday training courses Exchange programs Residency programs Repairing objects Education missions Design missions

Our best practices

The inspiring things we do here to run our collaborative space

Artist in Residency (AIR) Program

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Community Starting projects Launching new activities Vision Creating your workshop

The artist in residence (AIR) program is designed and implemented by professionals with years of experience in cultural institutions and similar programs. Buinho AIR is a space of experimentation but also of social transformation, contributing to the increase of the attractiveness of rural territories.

The residency program also includes:

  1. Free weekly tutorials and workshops about 3D printing, 3D modeling, CNC and laser cutting, robotics, and plastic recycling
  2. Weekly contacts with the locals from Messejana where we explore traditional practices as goat cheese or bread making, or visits to traditional artisans’ workshops
  3. Special programs and workshops for residents, such as the Precious Plastic Workshop (for recycling plastic: https://preciousplastic.com/), or our special education branch called Buinho Education (digital empowerment of local children and seniors).

“Our residency program is designed to provide the ideal environment for writers, artists, designers, and other creatives, while in direct contact with the unique atmosphere of the historic town of Messejana. We offer private accommodation, working studios, Precious Plastic workspace and machine shop, and daily production support…” _____

To learn more, read The Guide for Artist in Residency (AIR) program

Contact : info@buinho.pt

Our makers projects

Get inspired by the DIY projects of our team & members

PRECIOUS PLASTIC ALENTEJO 2021-2023

VOLUNTEER WITH US IN PORTUGAL!

We are looking for makers to stay in our rural Creative Hub and Fablab from February 2022-November 2022.

Precious Plastic Alentejo is a European Solidarity Corps project supported by the European Commission (2020-3-PT02-ESC11-007468), coordinated by Buinho Associação, and running in Portugal from February 2021 until January 2023 (24 months).

Interested? Please feel free to reach out to us.


EIRA - PROFESSORS MOBILITY

Right now, we are looking for Fablab partners that can provide courses to Portuguese teachers from the Alentejo region (1 week training for approximately 8 teachers - financed by the Erasmus grants).

Indeed, our accreditation is meant for the period of 2022-2027, with the possibility of future renewal, we are currently in the process of formalizing the agreement with the Portuguese National Agency for Erasmus.

Possible areas of training:

-Arduino or Micro:bit based bots

-3D modelling for creative practices

-Sensing and biolab


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