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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Alcatel head office in Lucent, Portugal by Frederico Valsassina

 
July 24th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Frederico Valsassina

The building appears as an isolated block, morphologically linked to the ones around it, with a distinctively contemporary architectural language. Using a volumetrical speech similar to the adjoining volumes, the new building is carved in order to soften and project its image to the outside. The form is enhanced as a project-asset, contributing for the intrinsic dynamics that is intended for the global proposal.

Side View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

  • Architecture: Frederico Valsassina
  • Name of Project: Alcatel head office
  • Location: Estrada da Malveira, Cascais, Lucent, Portugal
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Conclusion Year: 2009
  • Photografy: FG+SG –  Fotografia de Arquitectura

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

  • Construction Area: 11.051,81 m2
  • Co-Workers: Sofia Salazar Leite, Rita Conceição Silva, Rita Sá Nogueira, Filipa Ferreira, Joana Quintanilha, Diana Mira, António Pinelo
  • Landscape Architecture: PROAP
  • Structure and Foundations: AFA / GET
  • Special Technical Facilities: AFA
  • Hydraulic Plants: AFA

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

The two levels give place to one, through the “folding up” of the entrance level. The new volume releases itself from the ground, as a business card for anyone who enters. Suspended over the void, it directs people to the entrance, which is made to the North over the void that gives access to the parking lot.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

The rotation of the upper volume translates, on the base level, a negative that directly exposes the parking lot, allowing construction to mix with a green protection area. The building is intimately connected with its natural surroundings, taking advantage of it as a barrier against external agents.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

In terms of materials, the solution is as restrained as possible to ensure the sobriety of the whole. Therefore, a limited range of materials is introduced in order to emphasize the formal clearance required: white spread surfaces and screen-printed glass are assumed as predominant materials.

Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Side View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Exterior View (Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura)

Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

Images Courtesy FG+SG - Fotografia de Arquitectura

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One Response to “Alcatel head office in Lucent, Portugal by Frederico Valsassina”

  1. Oliveira Gonçalves says:

    It would be interesting to have an internal view of this office building where the work dimensions have been interestingly mingled with the aesthetics and topology of the construction. You are welcome to visit us!

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