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MD Housing / VA Studio

  • 01:00 - 20 March, 2011
MD Housing / VA Studio
MD Housing / VA Studio, © Alberto Plácido
© Alberto Plácido

© Alberto Plácido © Alberto Plácido © Alberto Plácido © Alberto Plácido +26

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Architects

    VA Studio
  • Project Team

    VA Studio
  • Engineering

    Uniplan, Lda and J. Granjo, Lda
  • Construction Company

    SANJOSE, s.a.
  • Area

    6000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. A controversial process, as usual when involves public institutions, mixed with a lot of politics to help, but despite everything, it was taken to a successful conclusion and it is always rewarding to know that architecture is also an active social instrument. Located in the historic center, it has a privileged perspective on the Douro River, the caves and the port. Sits on an extreme pitched lot, part of a very irregular urban framework, typical to the site. Regarding these aspects, along with sun exposure, the functional program density and the inherent low cost, this whole thing has resulted in the concentration of all housing typologies , "sliced" by the distinct character of the volume to the west, set for low-cost housing for sale, and the east volume to the PER housing.

© Alberto Plácido
© Alberto Plácido

The primary intention of reducing the impact of the volume height was demonstrated by the maintenance of the existing slopes and retaining walls, which are incorporated in the design to relate the number of floors of each body with the height of the existing roads to provide the rear communication among themselves through outdoor galleries.

© Alberto Plácido
© Alberto Plácido

This entire polygon undergoes a twist, and is based on a leveled public platform that will establish a variety of relationships with the surrounding public space, so it becomes embedded in the urban framework. This platform appears as a groundwork, composed of semi-underground garages, which defines the block and supports this contemporary element in the surrounding historical context.

© Alberto Plácido
© Alberto Plácido
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "MD Housing / VA Studio" 20 Mar 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/120905/md-housing-va-studio/>
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16 Comments

Bart Snijders · March 22, 2011

RT @nicholaspatten: MD Housing. http://bit.ly/feNpWF

Nicholas Patten · March 22, 2011

MD Housing. http://bit.ly/feNpWF

thomas · March 21, 2011

I like buildings, it looks like a building, it makes me happy. Mr Cheap, go buy another 'lively' patterned beret.

John McCormack · March 21, 2011

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Mysha Rona · March 21, 2011

My 1st year studying architecture, I designed buildings that looked like parking garages, too. http://t.co/diTuDRs

Guilherme Trad · March 21, 2011

Fala se isso não parece arquitetura nazista. http://www.archdaily.com/12090...

Alle-Jan Mulder · March 21, 2011

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Frank Seidl · March 20, 2011

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arch_related · March 20, 2011

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Chris · March 20, 2011

Wow, there have GOT to be more user friendly ways to do it than this. Pretty bleak all in all.

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Bocetos Digitales · March 20, 2011

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kolohe · March 20, 2011

wow, this is a pretty severe one..
que brutal.

Mr. Cheap · March 20, 2011

Another useless housing project where the focus is on a formal study.

The life in theese appartments is not spectacular.

This is modernism, but it's irrelevant modernism.

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