Living Foz / dEMM Arquitectura

  • 13 Feb 2011
  • Housing Selected Works
© Pedro Lobo

Architects: dEMM Arquitectura, Paulo Fernandes da Silva
Location: Porto,
Collaborators: Isabela Neves, Tiago Soares Lopes
Structural Engineering: Gepec
Landscape Architect: arqt.OF, Daniel Monteiro
Electrical Engineering: Ohm-e
Mechanical Engineer: Get
Contractor: J. Camilo
Constructed Area: 12.000 sqm + courtyard
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra and Pedro Lobo

Located nearby Oporto’s seaside area, Living Foz is composed by 40 apartments distributed over 7 floors.

ground floor plan

Unleashing 30 percent of the plot area for a collective use garden, a relief to the neighboring construction is obtained.

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The balcony angle articulation creates spaces enriched by contrasts of light and shade, exposure and protection, emphasized by the contrast between the white cast-in-place and the dark Glass Reinforced . The geometric and material principle of the facades continues trough the external areas, creating landscaped spaces for playing, strolling and relaxing.

© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

The controlled sun exposure, the thermal inertia of the facade, the use of alternative energy and electrically efficient appliances, are features that integrate the building in a quality standard of respect for the Individual and their Habitat.

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Cite: "Living Foz / dEMM Arquitectura" 13 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <>
  • up_today_arch

    It looks like very complex solution for entire building… but unfortunately building itself dosn’t seen on pictures…

  • Vytautas