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Alvenarias Social Housing
Lisbon, Portugal
2013-…

The project brief for the “Alvenaria” area consists of 460 homes ranging from one to four bedroom units. Each plot accommodates 10 residential units with individually allocated allotments. This will be replicated over the 46 plots defined in the masterplan devised by the Lisbon Urban Planning Authority. The site is situated in a west facing hillside adjacent to Lisbon’s main green area, the Monsanto Forest Park.

The volumetric fragmentation generates an array of small urban plazas that will accommodate the allotments, promoting sustainable urban living whilst enabling social engagement amongst the residents of the new Alvenaria.

Pedestrian paths through each plot connect the streets at various levels on the hillside. The pedestrian routes evoke the stairs of Lisbon historic centre, where the experience of the urban space is largely characterized by the dramatic topography of the city.

Design Competition. First Prize. Bruno Silvestre with Alexandre Dias and Luis Spranger.
Phase 1 under construction.