Lisbon Stone Block / Alberto de Souza Oliveira

© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Alberto de Souza Oliveira
Location: , Portugal
Collaborators: Inês Cordovil, Sílvia Fernandes, Sérgio Godinho, Ana Cravinho, Sofia Pinto Basto
Engineer: BETAR estudos e projectos de estabilidade lda.
Construtor: Ramos Catarino, S.A.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 5,672 sqm
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Lisbon’s Stone Block is located in the corner of two major streets and that position is somehow special in the relation that the building it-self creates with the “urban net”.


The idea/concept of the building is based in a “mutant facade”: a skin in stone, almost metamorphoses and movable.
We can say that the building is an urban sculpture that transmits several images accordingly to its use: By night the light radiates from the apartments and by day the building is perforated by it in a different way – the natural light passes through the openings in the movable panels, allowing the control of light in the interior of each apartment.

© Nelson Garrido

The apartments present a plan where the living room centres also a will to move and transform – through opening or closing the panels in the façade it’s possible to create different spaces in each apartment.

© Nelson Garrido

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* Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
Cite: "Lisbon Stone Block / Alberto de Souza Oliveira" 18 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 25 May 2015. <>
  • Gutek Girek

    does somebody know the address of this building?

  • Willy Fog

    It is located at Avenida Defenders Chaves, between Campo Pequeno and Saldanha, in Lisbon of course. Damn, the outside pictures, so many photoshop… but it’s a nice project, though.