In a perspective of revitalizing the urban space, it was sought that the proposal would be inserted in the existing urban fabric, in order to constitute a structuring element in the place, where the central road axis is emphasized, while at the same time incorporating the surroundings and also the elements closest to the intervention area – the school to the north, the “Bairro Amarelo” to the east, and the green spaces belonging to the IHRU to the south and west.
It was important that the project managed to connect structural places such as the Maria Lamas Municipal Library, the Municipal Swimming Pool, the park between these two buildings, to the south, and the Monte de Caparica Integrated Basic School and Kindergarten, to the north, through a project not only architectural but also urban. It is intended to connect all garden areas, while offering quality housing and bringing a new identity to the place.
The project sought to trace new dynamics to the place, opening and inviting the nearby community to enjoy the proposed quality public spaces, in a way to make the new population that it intends to attract and the current resident population interact with, breaking down social and economic barriers and cultural, through a common space of reference.
On a well-marked vertical axis, the north-south slope provides relatively unobstructed views, offering each apartment a good exposure to the sun. Due to the accentuated topography, the entrances to each building are level, so that it is possible to have a smooth access and another by stairs. Each building is, therefore, at a different level, which makes the project dynamic as soon as it is implemented.
There are 3 key elements that make up the project:
1 – the creation of a module, whose repetition defines the structural mesh of all buildings;
2 – the addition of a skin that also obeys a rule of fullness and emptiness, which involves the modules and defines the facade of the buildings;
3 – the relationship between the built and the surroundings, between the built and the natural.
The rhythm created in the buildings contaminates urban life, allowing for a multiplicity of actions in the urban space itself.
A layer of vegetation embraces the building itself, allowing for privacy to the one-story dwellings, as it increases the distance between pedestrian and resident, in addition to providing a qualified urban presence, with thoughtful and visually appealing green spaces.