Carcavelos Housing

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Cascais, Portugal

“We must cultivate our garden”

– Voltaire (1759)

The concept of the project resides around a garden as a catalyst and generator of exchanges, the garden being able to provide new experiences, reverie and bring people together.

The creation of the garden emerges as the point of departure, it comes to unite and establish the coexistence between two distinct housing programmes, allowing for the continuity of the public realm as well as the urban fabric. Both housing typologies, the student housing; and the non-student housing, coexist in two distinct angular bodies separated vertically. The student housing access is done through the enclaved garden. The non-student housing access can also be done through the garden level, this will not only promote the often use of the garden but also encourage a more diverse contact of different generations.

In plan, the building contours the bounding intervention limits defined by the local regulations through the creation of two separate, yet intersecting volumes; The larger superior volume is dedicated to the non-student housing and the inferior building is planned for the student housing.

The superior edifice embodies 80 apartments; them being 8 of 3 bedrooms apartments; 32 of 2 bedrooms apartments and 40 of 1 bedroom apartments. All apartments have the right to parking and private storeroom in the garage. The building was designed to guarantee that every apartment in the building would have an ocean view, and that they would have the living areas oriented towards south. With the exception of 16 of single bedroom apartments, these north-facing flats, have a vineyard view and were designed to have glass facade to ensure better lighting and ventilation throughout the year. In the design of the non-student residential part of the project, we proposed that all of the façade facing south would have the right to have a veranda and a long private planter which compose the façade of the building. This was done through the solution of the folding-sliding doors, which allows for the organic extension of the interior social space once the doors are open. In order to contradict the very common drive of people enclosing their verandas, which not only mischaracterizes the architectural aspects of the building, they

Concept Diagram
Exploded Axonometric
Northern Facade
Western Facade
Southern Facade
Location Plan
Section A
Section B
Section C
Garden Level Plan
Ground Level Plan
Apartment Level Plan