CVDB Arquitectos Wins Contest for Student Housing in Lisbon

CVDB Arquitectos Wins Contest for Student Housing in Lisbon

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.


The massing of the three buildings was determined by the required density of the site, combined with the maximum permissible facade height. This was then split into three volumes, enabling the building to be constructed in three phases. Each of the three blocks can function independently during construction, however once complete the building will have a continuous circulation route around the entire complex. Between the new building and the existing canteen building, a public path is created to connect the streets on the North and South of the site.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Pólo Universitário - Alameda, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Architecture - Authorship & Coordination

    Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay
  • Architecture - Collaboration

    Rodolfo Reis, Joana Barrelas, Tiago Filipe Santos, André Bengochea, Filipa Paisano
  • Landscape Architecture

    Bound, Arquitectura Paisagista
  • Engineering

  • Client

    University of Lisbon
  • Project Year

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Cite: Rory Stott. "CVDB Arquitectos Wins Contest for Student Housing in Lisbon" 09 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
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