Cova da Moura + A House in Luanda

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I vincitori di due concorsi della
Triennale di architettura di Lisbona
The winners of two competitions held by
Lisbon Architecture Triennale


Concorso internazionale: Una casa a Luanda:
Patio e Padiglione
International Competition: A House in Luanda:
Patio and Pavilion

Jury: Álvaro Siza Vieira, João Luís Carrilho da Graça, Fernando Mello Franco, Barry Bergdoll & Ângela Mingas

giuria - jury

The International Competition A House in Luanda: Patio and Pavilion, promoted by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale together with Luanda Triennale, with the goal of selecting the best proposal for the conception of a family unit house in Luanda, was the most participated International Competition of Ideas ever to take place in Portugal, thus showing that the Lisbon Architecture Triennale completely fulfils its international calling. We received 599 proposals, 588 of which were accepted to the competition. Architects from 44 countries applied their proposals, coming from all the 5 continents.

vincitori / winners
Pedro Sousa, Tiago Ferreira, Tiago Coelho, Bárbara Silva, Madalena Madureira

Urban Patios
The House As A City, The City As A Home
Architecture and a City are different manifestations of the same theme. The City isn’t simply the reunion of buildings or houses; it is a big and complex building.
It is important to define an urban spread that may adapt to different stages of growth and to different types of people. Also it is important to find an urban plan where exterior spaces communicate with their habitants and work as an extension of the private space.
A home is a place of light and shadow; of silence and noise; of relations and autonomy between collective and individual.
An architecture that when lived-in, has the capability of generating the curiosity that leads to the discovery of a series of intimate and unexpected places. a place that withholds the brightness of the blue sky as well as the silent intimacy of the private space.
The house is defined by six patios that relate to the different functions of a home: kitchen and living-room, bedrooms and restroom. These six patios communicate through a central exterior corridor, protected from the rain.
The result of our research defines a house where the interior has a permanent relation with the exterior. An intimate and protected exterior, where each family member may have privacy and autonomy.
We want the wealth and diversity of our proposal to rest on the wealth of the typology, space and light, more than on wealth or diversity of materials. for this reason we have chosen one single material for the construction of the house: rammed earth. This is a low-cost, easy to build material, that when associated to architectural decisions that guarantee good transversal ventilation systems and a good solar protection, may have a high thermal capacity.

Urban Planning

Conceptual Scheme

Model view 01

Model view 02

Elevation and Cross SectionView of interior Patio

View of room's Patio

Rammed earth wall example


Concorso per le università: Cova da Moura
Universities Competition: Cova da Moura

How is it possible for architecture to contribute to making concrete improvements to the living conditions of the people of Cova da Moura neighbourhood? The schools of architecture and landscape architecture were challenged by the Lisbon Architecture Triennale to elaborate, within the scope of their educational programme, responses to this question. The Triennale has received 77 proposals from architecture and landscape architecture students all around Portugal.

vincitori / winners
Alexandre Vincente, Maria Macedo, Nuno Costa Segura, Tiago Pereira

Situated on the outskirts of Lisbon, Cova da Moura is characterised by a morphology that is organic in nature, typical of urban agglomerations with vernacular roots. The neighbourhood is a home for everyone, in which the roads are an extension of the dwellings and a space that is common to all of them. Here, roads are more than access routes: they are a stage for social expression, generators of identity, social ties, and a feeling of safety and well-being.
Thus arises the idea of transition associated with the ambivalent character of these urban spaces, which can possibly be compared with some spaces within a house. Transition and an overlapping of practices and identities can be found in each of the spaces.
The decision is to intervene in empty spaces associated with the absence of buildings or resulting merely from points where existing roads meet, coinciding with three structuring elements: property, public facilities, and entrances to the neighbourhood. The intention is to renovate them, characterising them by designing them as spaces with an ambivalent character, reaffirming the ritual meaning of existing practices without diluting their identities.
The design of each space originates from a line that identifies and names it, establishes a boundary, and contains the urban space. It is transformed into portions where people can sit down, play, or where a tree might be planted. It is emptied to receive rainwater or it grows to define levels and contain the terrain. it is defined by a single material associated with one colour: red-coloured concrete.
It acts in two ways. One, financed externally, is the line that creates a unity that serves as a reference and is based on identity. The other is self-built and alludes to the tradition of co-operation as well as the materials found in local buildings – brick, concrete, stone, paving and bitumen.
It is therefore proposed that anyone passing through Cova da Moura will come across these practices, these spaces, and this line.

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