Architects: dEMM Arquitectura, Paulo Fernandes da Silva Location: Porto, Portugal 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.
Unleashing 30 percent of the plot area for a collective use garden, a relief to the neighboring construction is obtained.
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 concrete and the dark Glass Reinforced Concrete. The geometric and material principle of the facades continues trough the external areas, creating landscaped spaces for playing, strolling and relaxing.
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.