The AXA building, at Aliados Avenue, opened from 2010 to 2015, was a cultural intervention space with seven floors and over 50 rooms open to art and culture. It was the home of 1ª Avenida (1st Avenue), municipal project responsible for economic and social development of Porto downtown.
The program was intense and varied: exhibitions, seminars, concerts, dance shows and theater.
The space was shared by different groups of cultural activities: the Balleteatro company, the Association Porta-Jazz and young emerging contemporary artists. There is also partnerships with the Casa da Música, the Serralves Foundation , the Academia Contemporânea do Espectáculo, the ESMAE Symphonic Band and the Shortcutz.
The AXA building closed its doors on the 29th of November 2015, with a 12 hours party and at the same time the Montepio space, in the other side of the Aliados Avenue, opened its doors to receive this project.