Text description provided by the architects. The main principle regarding the intervention relies on an internal functional remodelling and optimization of the existent building, according to the possibilities initially presented by its original structure and inner spatial layout, which allowed its maintenance without increasing its bulk area, height or presence.
The building dates back to the 70’s, being its architectural character clearly associated with that decade, fact that does not decrease its architectural value and neither its urban performance towards the avenue, whose opening dates back to the same period.
Despite being originally built for the same office functions and purpose, the adopted inner organization became gradually obsolete, facing the technical, functional and safety requirements demanded by the performative needs of a contemporary office’s building.
The intervention aims to the building’s enhancement on a functional level, also adjusting it to the required safety principles while upgrading its spatial display to the overall image, representation and performance willed by Portugal Telecom.
The introduction of passive security system, as well as thermal and acoustic insulation, will enhance the building’s functional performance and increase its comfort standards.
The original façade system was replaced and reinforced by shading panels fixed over a technical corridor levelled with each floor concrete slab, along the southern - and most exposed - facade.
This upgrade will allow the inner areas to benefit from natural lighting and ventilation, and the thermal comfort needed by office activities, which the building will now house in optimal performative conditions.