Year: 2015

Function: City plan and museum

Site location: Evora, Portugal

Institution: National architecture school of Montpellier ENSAM

Brief description of the project: The theme approached in this project is the construction of the city « above the city » with all it’s social and public dimension.

How could we limit urban spread and reinvigorated a fortified historical centre which is turning into a museum ?

The project’s aim is to bring nature back to the city through the built of a new hybrid stratum, doing so, it would permit the creation of a new viewing angle of Evora. The main trunk roads run in a radial pattern to the city center of Evora, therefore, the first limbs of this new stratum will be organized around those traffic lanes. The merge of public space and architecture will arise from the superposition of the new network above the historical one. The new network will be moving accordingly to the city’s rooftops. New public spaces will be created, and it will provide a new way of living with our environment.

The project is made around the idea of a pathway leading directly to Evora’s central square.

But, the centrality of the public square leads us to wonder : how could we build something above a public square ?

The main idea of this project is to connect both city’s historical heritage, and the necessity of evolution of the urban fabric. Doing that, we’re introducing a new awareness about territory’s urbanization, it makes us focus on the changing nature of everything. The city heritage doesn’t have to be completely static, or immutable. Indeed, this project would be an answer on how a city heritage can evolve over time.

Nationality: French

City and date of birth: Bordeaux, 12 december 1990

Tutors: Elodie Nourigat

13 - 2nd level 12 - Ground floor 11 - View from the green house 10 - Building position 9 - Zoom 4 aerial view 8 - Zoom 3 aerial view 7 - Zoom 2 aerial view 6 - Zoom 1 aerial view 5 - Aerial view 4 - Street elevation 3 - Master plan street scale 2 - Extension street scale 1 - Extension City scale 18 - Insertion view 17 - Ground floor interior 16 - Section 2 15 - Section 1 14 - 3rd level

Author: Julien Theillet