Portuguese Design Projects In 2018 Winners Of Architizer A+ Awards – For the past weeks, we have been revealing the best Secrets from Portugal. Although it is a small country in terms of size and population, that does not apply to the magnitude of its Secrets. A good example is the Portuguese architecture, which has been frequently on the news when it comes to international architecture prizes, such as the acclaimed Architizer A+ Awards. And it is not the first time this happens. But let’s now meet the Portuguese projects that are on the list of 2018 Winners Of Architizer A+ Awards.
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The Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program celebrating the year’s best architecture. The A+Awards are bigger than just the architectural community. Entries are judged by more than 400 luminaries from ﬁelds as diverse as fashion, publishing, product design, real estate development, and tech. What architects do gives shape to every space and every place where people spend their lives, so the A+Awards were created to remind the world how important architecture is.
The Dovecote-Granary, Ponte de Lima, Portugal
Tiago do Vale Architects
Concepts – Plus-Architecture + Preservation
Originally built in the late XIX century, its starting point was two traditional northern Portugal maize granaries standing over granite bases. A common roof united them under which there was a dovecote. Finally, the space between the two granaries was used to dry cereals, with two huge basculating panels controlling the ventilation. It is a true peaceful retreat among the treetops.
Vieira de Almeida & Associados New Headquarters, Lisbon, Portugal
OPENBOOK Architecture + PMC Arquitectos
Concepts – Plus-Architecture +Workspace
The building is in one of the trendiest and in further development areas of the city of Lisbon. It is a property of essentially industrial characteristics, having housed in its origin a foundry, once a car garage in the 1940’s.
Capela de Nossa Senhora de Fátima, Idanha-a-Nova, Castelo Branco
Plano Humano Arquitectos
Details – Plus-Architecture +Wood
The construction of this building came from the desire to have a chapel at the National Scout´s Activities Camp (CNAE), in the municipality of Idanha a Nova, central region of Portugal, for the XXIII National Jamboree of Portuguese Catholic Scouts, which involved about 22,000 participants, and to join the other definitive buildings that this scouting center has. The chosen location is privileged, in a plateau area, central in the CNAE, surrounded by a rural environment, with an extraordinary panoramic view, that also impelled the design of the building.
Casa Carrara, Praia da Luz, Lagos, Algarve
Mário Martins Atelier
Residential-Private House (L 3000-5000 sq ft)
Carrara House has, in a less obvious way, a certain sculptural character that is present in both houses designed by us in the neighbourhood, Colunata and Elliptic Houses, where the curved and dynamic forms are treated like a volume sculpted from a rough block that has been brought to life. In Carrara House, more angular and longer forms are sculpted in a parallelepiped where, without losing their origin, full and empty spaces coexist as living areas. To be noted is the terrace, more than thirty metres long, which functions as an embellishment or a pinnacle – but one that is paradoxically horizontal – the finishing element in an architectural ensemble.
Horse Riding Centre in Pedras Salgadas
RA\\ Rebelo de Andrade
Details – Plus-Architecture +Wood
This fifth project hasn’t been awarded but it has been in finalists list, so it also deserves to be highlighted. This building came from the desire to have a chapel at the National Scout’s Activities Camp (CNAE), in Idanha-a-Nova, central region of Portugal, for the XXIII National Jamboree of Portuguese Catholic Scouts, which involved about 22,000 participants. The chosen location is privileged, in a plateau area, central in the CNAE, surrounded by a rural environment, with an extraordinary panoramic view, that also impelled the design of the building.
The chapel is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima and is inspired by the scouting experience: outdoor life, camping, the tent. The pointy edges of the building allude to the scout’s scarf, the symbol of vow and commitment of this movement.
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