With Lisbon now bouncing back from the 2008 recession, its estimated 12,000 buildings in decay offer plenty of opportunities to bring the city’s buildings more in line with its new economic structure. In this article, originally published by Curbed as “What Could Be Next for a Noted Lisbon Modernist Relic?” Lisbon’s Subvert Studio presents a speculative proposal for one of the city’s most notable – and visible – modernist ruins.
Views from the balcony of what was once the Panoramic Restaurant of Monsanto show a band of green treetops, a stretch of white cityscape that spans Lisbon‘s old and new quarters, and a glimmering slice of the Tagus river beyond, mouthing toward the Atlantic. Bracketing the view is blue: a blue sky above, and below, a blue smash of broken glass, reflecting and refracting the sky’s color. Wherever there is a vista at the Panoramic Restaurant of Monsanto, wherever there are windows—and the view is the focal point of the space—there is broken glass.
Last used as a club at the top of a 2,400-acre city park, the modernist structure has slipped ever further into riotous abandon since the mid-1990s. Windows have collapsed, graffiti long ago joined the reliefs by Portuguese ceramic muralist Querubim Lapa on the walls and the stained glass sculpture at the entry, chunks of ceiling have tumbled to the ground. And in recent months, a discussion has emerged: what to do with this city-owned modernist relic, which some estimate will require 20 million Euros to fix?
One of 67 teams to enter the competition’s “Young Architects” category, the team developed a modular urban intervention for Lisbon, Portugal, with the intention of “[providing] a more flexible space” for the city’s urban centre. Learn more about the winning project and view selected images after the break.
Architects: José Adrião Arquitectos
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Architecture Phase 01: Tiago Mota (Project Manager), Carla Gonçalves, Luís Valente, Rui Didier, Tatiana Mourisca
Architecture Phase 02: Ricardo Aboim Inglez (Project Manager), Margarida Lameiro, Rute Ribeiro, Tiago Mota
Project Area: 351 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
At the Expo ’98 Portuguese National Pavilion, structure and architectural form work in graceful harmony. Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal, the heart of the design is an enormous and impossibly thin concrete canopy, draped effortlessly between two mighty porticoes and framing a commanding view of the water. The simple, gestural move is both weightless and mighty, a bold architectural solution to the common problem of the covered public plaza. Under the graceful touch of Álvaro Siza Vieira, physics and physical form theatrically engage one another, and simplicity and clarity elevate the pavilion to the height of modern sophistication.
CVDB Arquitectos has won a competition for a new student accommodation block at Lisbon University’s Pólo da Ajuda campus. The building consists of three interconnected but structurally separate units arranged around a central courtyard, with the internal layout being determined by the modular unit of the individual bedrooms. On the South side of the building, at street level, the building’s communal spaces and vital services provide a sense of transparency in the otherwise opaque building, connecting the central courtyard and the life of the students to the street outside.
Location: IC19, Portugal
Architect In Charge: ChapmanTaylor España – Arquitectura y Urbanismo, ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda., José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
Design Team: Sofia Raposo, Ricardo Guerreiro, Emanuel Rebelo, Fábio Cortês, Diana Afonso, Miguel Torres, Filipe Cardoso, Marc Anguille, Bruno Martins, Joana Pedro, Décio Cardoso
Area: 23000.0 sqm
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG