Largo de Santos
The building is located at the transition between Santos Square and Vitorino Damásio Square, on the riverside of Lisbon, a plot with fronts of very different nature. The south body sits on the Boavista landfill, in the flat part of the city. To the north it borders the Calçada Marquês de Abrantes, a sloping, hillside street opened by the plan for the 1755 Earthquake Pombaline reconstruction. Thus, we have a flat front facing south, with fluid designed buildings of modern influence and a northern back of sloped buildings, with a Pombaline root and a regulated character.
The building solves a special urban situation, of transition from a conventional block of two buildings, with an interior courtyard, to a single building with two fronts. The plot is therefore tense, converging triangular and is cut to the east by a small pre-Pombaline building to be maintained.
Being inserted in an exceptionally long block (450m), that borders Madragoa neighborhood to the south, the project proposes a covered outdoor public passage, that provides to the historic district a new direct access to the low level of the city. It is a stairway, like so many others that characterize historic Lisbon.
The building assumes itself as an essentially urban piece, of a neutral character and without a will of its own. It follows and embodies what the context indicates, in formal and material continuity with the surroundings. Contemporaneity is revealed inside or is read between the lines of building details.
Largo de Santos, Lisboa, Portugal
8753 m2 Gross Building Area
ARX Portugal, Arquitectos lda.
Ana Sofia Amador, Marcelo Cardia, Federico Patacchiola
Electrical installations and telecommunications