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.