- Collaborators: Carlos Santos, Diana Vieira, Joana Brandão, Joana Figueiredo, Julian Mertel, Luis Albuquerque Pinho, Rita Saturnino, Sara Ribeiro, Sofia Albuquerque, Susana Monteiro
- Engineers: Afaconsult, GET - Gestão de Energia Técnica Lda., Arqt OF - Arquitectos Associados, Lda.
- City: Porto
- Country: Portugal
Text description provided by the architects. The shape, defined by an elongated and low volume, serves to contain the garden and creates an urban element that is integrated with its surroundings.
The form of the building -- a compact volume -- is determined by the area of the laboratories, which are located above the public areas, floating above the garden without actually touching it. Contact with the ground is carried out through the public spaces on the ground floor.
The two laboratory floors are what determine the form and shape of the building, and therefore characterize it. The decision to reference the design and formal concept of the building through its smallest unit, but most important function, the lab, is the main concept of the project.
The solution thus results in a very compact form, despite having three floors above ground level. This compact, elongated form is perforated by courtyards that illuminate each of the labs on its longest side.