© Fernando Guerra
© Fernando Guerra
When three elements become one to make dining experience special.
Use of concrete panels as an unalterable condition.
We designed a second skin of local wood.
Shadow, half-covered terraces, ventilation, outdoor spaces as
small gardens in all apartments.
Social single-family 3 bedroom houses
Controlled costs, social construction. Very simple houses. We designed houses in rows to save resources and space. All the openings are designed in equal form - like sheltered doors connecting the interior with garden - to create an important connection with the outside.
New public space on the coast which also generates electricity.
The principle of generating energy: Wave overtoping.
Growing majority of human population is living in cities.
The biggest and fastest growing urban areas are located on the seashore.
Architects and urban planners are every day facing the challenge of designing
buildings and their spatial organization as sustainable as possible.
There is a logical opportunity for the cities situated on the coast:
exploiting ocean's energy potential.
I have looked at the world's coastline in general and more particularly have mapped 60km
long part of coast of Lisbon’s metropolitan area.
These two maps in different scales revealed following facts: the approaches to building on seashore are similar all over the world.
It is possible to track down general principles of using coastal areas (both in form and function).
In some cases our own interventions are deprecating the ocean's potential:
the coastal areas are in many cases isolated from the rest of the city and rarely used for the vital functions of the urban metabolism.
The question I have been focusing on is how to connect the ocean with urban organisms
and how to use the ocean as a source of energy for the cities.
The solution most at hand for cities situated on the coast is to use wave, tidal and wind forces for generating electric energy.
There is no reason why the energy generating structures should be separated from the urban space:
it is entirely possible, even desirable to integrate them architectonically into the city’s fabric so
that they interact symbiotically with the city’s other functions.
In my project I have worked with various coastline profiles (cliff, slope, plain), situations (low/high density built-up area)
and have designed structures which not only generate renewable energy,
but create public space at the same time.
Narrow plot defined the spatial organization of the apartments. Natural light comes to all of them through several patios and terraces.
“The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.”
Prisoners in the process of transforming / Society facing its own reflection in physical presence of the prison
Presented during the Lisbon Architecture Triennial 2013 has been featured in the Architectural Review 2016.
Sana Frini, Lena Holcnerova, Hugo Maia and Toni Popovski