Site location: Porto, Portugal
Institution: Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto
Brief description of the project: This housing complex is located near one of Porto’s major avenues (Avenida da Boavista), with rich architectural landmarks such as Casa da Música (OMA), Casa da Música’s Metro Station (Eduardo Souto Moura) and Rotunda da Boavista’s arrangement (Álvaro Siza). With such an important and centralized location, it made sense to design a building form that could both maximize the number of apartments but also live up to the importance of its context. Thus, the building takes on two fronts, with a continuous V-like shape. To further maximize the living space, the vertical accesses were detached to the back.
The ground floor has a large area for commerce purposes. It was designed to be able to both host a large store or several smaller ones. The other six floors are composed of three series of duplex apartments, paired in a 2-bedroom/3-bedroom logic. In each apartment, the entrance floor has a kitchen, pantry, small wc and living room; while the upper floor has the bedrooms, wcs and laundry. The living room and majority of bedrooms are oriented south, both to enjoy the sunlight and views (Casa da Música, Rotunda da Boavista’s garden, etc). The kitchen and remaining rooms are facing the common terrace and interior block. The terrace has two levels, connected by the detached vertical accesses: the lower one provides a connection with nature, with its grass and trees; and the upper one, a larger concrete space, for residents’ activities like barbecues and gatherings.
The building’s curved façade, with vertical windows and white brick walls delimited by concrete floor slabs creaet a rhythm of its own. In a way, the building is a background to Casa da Música, However, it doesn’t try to steal its prominence but neither stands anonymous.
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City and date of birth: 24/06/1992, Santo Tirso, Portugal
Tutors: Arq. Luís Viegas
Author: Paulo Ferreira