PER - Calhariz de Benfica, Lisboa
[INH Award 2002 | Municipal Production]
The actual Calhariz of Benfica is the memory of the outskirts of Lisbon and their farms. The railway line from Sintra and fusion of IC-19 with CRIL and the 2nd Circular difficult knot of Buraca have isolated this city area of high density construction featuring Benfica.
The architectural solution lies primarily in creating a series of public spaces, whose qualification is based on its morphological and chromatic definition, all of which are connected by a water line that punctuates the limits of intervention.
The land for the project under consideration is characterized by a kind of ramp plan, whose topography was essential to create two different morphological levels, towards East / West allowing an interesting dialogue with the surrounding.
The buildings have typologically organizational systems of T1, T2, T3 or T4, setting 3 units totaling 14 lots and 91 dwellings. The internal organization of the houses is of great simplicity eliminating the most of the servant’s spaces, there is a clear difference between social and intimate areas of the house. The symmetry is present in most of the architectural proposal being subverted in some situations, particularly in terms of the composition of elevations when facing the outside of the proposal.
Promoter – Municipaliy of Lisbon
Architecture – Paulo Tormenta Pinto / CML
Collaboration – Alfredo Escada / CML
Structure – Nuno Saraiva and José Mata / CML
Water, Gas and Sewage – Elisabete Carvalho and Cândida Tojeira / CML
Electricity and Telecommunications – Ivo Machado / CML
Landscape – Paulo Tormenta Pinto and Nuno Maia Malta / CML
Irrigation Network – Amália Antão / CML
Public lighting – Carlos Bastos / CML
Infrastructure – António Silva / CML
Supervision – Lúcio Costa Rodrigues and José Aleixo
Construction Company – Obrecol – Obras e Construção, S.A.
Project/ Construction – 1999 / 2001
Location – Calhariz Benfica, Lisbon
Photos – Francisco Oliveira