Keywords: Water | Public space | Lisbon | Diving | Swimming | Landscape | permeability | (re)connection |Urban renewal | Tagus.
The present exercise represents a reflection on the reasons behind the progressive distance between the city and the river. The main focus is, through a critical analysis, understanding why and how this relationship has radically changed since the industrial times from when it supported intensive port activities. This exercise aims to minimize this longing of the city for the river by taking human interaction and relationship with the place as the main constructor of the landscape, and therefore defining the necessity for it to change. The particular place of this project intends to inspire the previous connection between Water and Earth by reassuring the bond between Lisbon and its Tagus. This urban renewal proposal is an architectural response to the presence of water as an underlying element in the formation of cities. It takes the earth as its origin, comes alive in the Tagus and retraces back to Lisbon.
‘Revised Waters’ is then presented not only as an homage to the river Tagus and Lisbon but also and mainly to their people.
Pool complex | Pisek
Project with Atelier EMBAIXADA and Atelier JORGE MEALHA
Program: Pool complex
Pisek, Czech Republic
Team : João Veríssimo, Jorge Mealha, Marcos Barradas, Miguel Cavaleiro, Nuno Griff, Tiago Pinto
Project with Atelier SousaSantos Arquitectos
AON offices, Lisbon
Team: Francisco Ferreira, João Veríssimo, Jorge Sousa Santos, Renato Franco, Vyernu Patel
2 in 1 apartment | Carcavelos
Team : work with Mrs. Helena and Mr. zé
Teaser video | 2 in 1 apartment | Carcavelos.
Hostel + Restaurant in Setúbal
Team: Afonso Gomes, Francisco Pitrez, João Veríssimo, Miguel Duarte
On going construction...
Hotel | Carcavelos
Residence for Artists in Matadero | Madrid
Team: Ana Vazquez, João Veríssimo, Nuno Sílva
A Market between presents
Delimitation (…) consists of a break in the continuity that forces the eye to pause, but without blocking the sense of progression (…) (Gordon Cullen)
The present proposal takes place in an urban void in central Lisbon, where the Barata Salgueiro Street intersects the Santa Marta Street. This intriguing place is marked by the different morphologies of both streets that address distinct realities within the city. Defined by buildings that communicate through their proportion a greater atmosphere than just another intersection, the place is alas occupied by crossroads of cars with velocities and pother, overlapping the experience of daily pedestrians. A valuable yet forgotten third street called Enviado de Inglaterra Alley also intersects this void. This street’s unclear presence swings from street to blind alley hiding away pieces of great significance. The use of an arcade space of an old stable as a permanent parking lot is one of the many situations that contribute to the uncharted character of this part of the city. The once clear and breathable atmosphere of this space is now a victim of an over constructed area, resulting in a deteriorated urban morphology. This proposal is a result of a reflection on the atmosphere of this place, highlighting its potential and bringing it closer to its original identity.
The urban intervention consists on the introduction of three distinct equipments: a market, a hostel and a housing building. These are planned to be a starting point for the development of a new program that addresses the problem of the scarce public pathways and light presence, humanizing the scale and atmosphere, and therefore bringing it closer to the original meaning of the place. The intention of unifying this place is not only conceptual but also part of a formal strategy. The project solution foresees the demolition of two buildings opening up enough space to develop the market on the ground floor that works a continuation of the public space, connecting the three streets and extending its program to the interior of the block. The communication between the streets and the interior of the block is made through an arch that, acting as a symbolic door, marks a transition rather than a separation. The hostel and housing building are strategically placed around the block also working as connection points and intensifying the permeable public aspect of the program. The interior of the block is then added the urban morphology of the city participating actively in its public structure. The project is a reference to the urban feeling of Lisbon that manages to give its public spaces an intimate feeling through clusters, patios and sudden lookout points.
A place for reflection where starts a journey that travels through different times and will guide you to a new contemplation moment over the city. A belvedere.
Team: João Veríssimo, Marcos Barradas, Sílvia Freitas, Tiago Pinto
The rethinking of the Temple leads us to the creation of a single and unique space that leads to a circular shape, creating an iconic element, allowing you to enjoy several activities in the city.
This Temple stands as a point of reference in the city skyline, rising it to a new level.
“[…] Once more I see you - Lisbon, the Tagus and the rest-, […]
Once more I see you,
A shadow moving among shadows, gleaming
For an instant in some bleak unknown light
Before passing into the night like a ship’s wake swallowed