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balonas and menano architects design an urban garden
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jun 30, 2013
balonas and menano architects design an urban garden


‘praca de lisboa’ by balonas and menano architects, porto, portugal
image © pedro alvesphoto attraction fotografia
drawings courtesy of balonas and menano architects

 

 

 

portuguese practice balonas and menano architects have shared with us their recently completed project revitalizing a deteriorating square in the middle of porto. the structure takes topographical cues from the various inclinations of the site and extend an urban landscape with three layers of program.  on the top, a green roof offers a natural setting dotted with local olive trees that re-create the ‘porta do olival‘ gate, once an entry to the city. the middle level contains commercial space that connects to the existing lello bookstore and clérigos tower. prefabricated concrete components with white structural members make up the identifiable facade and provides shade for the interior. the ground level contains increased pedestrian areas and improves the existing parking lot. a transverse walkway cuts through the structure creating a safe passage across the site and divides the building into two masses with a point of spatial tension at the tallest point.

 

 


(left) point where the two roofs meet
(right) connection of the two planes forms a skylight
image © pedro alvesphoto attraction fotografia

 

 


(left) underside of skylight
image © pedro alvesphoto attraction fotografia
(right) facade elements

 

 


public commercial space
image © pedro alvesphoto attraction fotografia

 

 


public commercial space

 

 

to view the full photo report please visit the photographer’s website here.

 

 

 

full article here

 

 

project info:

 

 

architecture: balona e menano, s.a. – pedro balonas, arch. and simão silva, arch.
collaborators: pedro almeida, pedro pimentel
client: urbaclérigos – investimentos imobiliários, s.a.
structure, water and sewage, acoustic: afa consult
electrical instalations and comunications: afa consult
gas installations, thermal, hvac and safety: afa consult
construction company: rodrigues e névoa, lda.

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