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  7. Alcantara Wastewater Treatment Plant Refurbishment / Manuel Aires Mateus, Frederico Valsassina, João Nunes

Refurbishment in Architecture

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Alcantara Wastewater Treatment Plant Refurbishment / Manuel Aires Mateus, Frederico Valsassina, João Nunes

  • 01:00 - 31 January, 2014
  • Translated by Nico Saieh
Alcantara Wastewater Treatment Plant Refurbishment / Manuel Aires Mateus, Frederico Valsassina, João Nunes
Alcantara Wastewater Treatment Plant Refurbishment / Manuel Aires Mateus, Frederico Valsassina, João Nunes, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 13

  • Collaborators

    João Esteves, Elisa Laval, Humberto Fonseca, Duarte Madrugo, Catarina Bello, Pedro Canotilho
  • Landscape

    PROAP
  • Contractor

    Somague, Edifer, Hidrocontracto
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Text description provided by the architects. In Alcantara Wastewater Treatment Plant’s modernization project, some environmental preservation reasons imposed the creation of a green roof. Furthermore, the program foresaw two service buildings: one for monitoring the Plant, and a second one to house the public company headquarter.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

In this project, the different programs overlap: the plant is covered with a “thick habitable roof” which houses the facilities, corridors and other services. In a territorial scale, the green roof extends the natural hills of Alcantara Valley, reducing the damage the road infrastructures cause to the area.

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Within the roof the building integrates itself. By shaping the topography, habitability conditions are generated. The administrative areas are defined by a limiting wall, a glass plane and scattered volumes with secondary functions; those elements separate the internal corridors from the workspaces.

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Floor Plan
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Alcantara Wastewater Treatment Plant Refurbishment / Manuel Aires Mateus, Frederico Valsassina, João Nunes" [Requalificação da ETAR de Alcântara / Manuel Aires Mateus, Frederico Valsassina, João Nunes] 31 Jan 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Saieh, Nico) Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/472062/alcantara-wastewater-treatment-plant-refurbishment-manuel-aires-mateus-frederico-valsassina-joao-nunes/> ISSN 0719-8884