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Housing in Lisboa – Portugal

In association with Ateliers Jean Nouvel

To protect against the surrounding environment, the project is conceived as a dense mass enclosing courtyards, referring to the typical Lisbon squares. This mass is protected by an acoustic double skin façade with some elements of vegetation inside. Water fountains in the entrance places on the site will mask the noise caused by the traffic.

Access to the site is provided by narrow passages, at the scale of Lisbon old centre, that allows a glimpse into the site and will create a desire to discover it. The urban context will be extended onto the site by using mineral materials such as cobbles for the pavement and a composition of azulejos reinvented on the walls of the pedestrian streets.

The four housing buildings contain 160 apartments in total organised around the four central courtyards. Retail is at ground level, and housing on the upper floors. The attics under the noise reflecting roof will be used as cafes, restaurants, terraces and double height housing.

Organic materials in the courtyards generate various garden themes. The interior facades of the housing buildings translate different characters for the courtyards, with vegetation, water effects and various materials.

Each courtyard has a specific theme, generating its own ‘micro-climate’. A walk through the site gives way to a few surprises.

These contrasts, between shadow and light, nostalgia and modernity, noise and quiet, will link the site to the city.

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