Bioclimatic integration into the architectural design
The complex consists of two cores - offices and housing - but it is affirmed as a unit, without disregarding the identities that preside over the plans that were the basis of the design of each one of them. The volume of offices enters into direct dialogue with the river, while the residential buildings refer to the industrial memory associated with the site. The office core, consisting of two buildings joined by a canopy, resembles a window overlooking the river. The fluidity of its forms and the horizontal nature of its skin leads the eye to the Tagus and to the hills on the other side of the river. The gradual increase of the openings follows both an aesthetic and functional logic: narrower on the first floors, to ensure efficient protection against noise, they widen with the rising floors, culminating in an open terrace at the higher level to fully take in the view.
Featuring eight floors, the ground floor is intended to be used for common and support areas, an area of permeability with the surrounding public space. The covered outdoor paths converge into the large central square of the complex, which is distinguished by both its large scale and the staging and expressiveness of the architectural design.
The housing core will be composed of two bodies that will make up a total of approximately 200 apartments. Taking into account the peripheral nature of the layout of the two structures, the extensive green landscaped areas located at the centre of the plot aim to promote the contact of residents and passers-by with nature and, consequently, the health and well-being of all those who want to dwell there - either permanently or circumstantially.