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31. LOR

Location Lisbon. Portugal
Status Competition
Year 2014

With Alex Perret & Yan Roche

In the current global crisis, the project tries to handle a low cost material, the concrete block, using a local knowledge. The Alfama district has a very pronounced architectural style given by both the azulejos and the mannerist historic buildings.

The project takes place is a plaza opened toward the sea. This spot offers an impressive view of some historic buildings of Lisbon. On the west, the plaza is closed by the massive mannerist façade of the St. Vincent de for a monastery. By using concrete blocks, the project seeks to deal with that stylistic question, an inherent value of the context.

The projects is placed at the far end of the plaza, slightly misadjusted and in front of the monastery. Those simple interventions refocus the plaza by creating a tension with the building. We wander around the edifice as we would do around the esplanade. The form is the result of the assembly process (module given by the concrete block), the economic context (simple angles enable to use the concrete blocks as they are) and the place (humility regarding the surrounded buildings).

The assembling process of the concrete blocks lead to two types of atmospheres. The outside building rethinks the pattern created by the assemblage of the azulejos while absorbing external environmental nuisances. On the contrary, the inside mounting process is done emphasize the research of inside space fluidity. Those one are organized around a central block which managed all the inside circulation. They are designed to create an inner promenade based on space and light. This specific interest concerning the light takes several forms, absences of concrete blocks within the assemblage, openings or inner courtyard.

Concrete blocks
Concrete blocks
Assembling 01
Assembling 01
Assembling 02
Assembling 02
Situation plan
Situation plan
Axonometry
Axonometry
Collage 01
Collage 01
Collage 02
Collage 02
Undeground level
Underground level
Ground level
Ground level
Level 01
Level 01
Level 02
Level 02
North elevation
North elevation
West elevation
West elevation
South elevation
South elevation
East elevation
East elevation
Atmosphere 01
Atmosphere 01
Atmosphere 02
Atmosphere 02
Atmosphere 03
Atmosphere 03
Atmosphere 04
Atmosphere 04