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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.

Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal in Oeiras, Portugal by CVDB Arquitectos

January 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: CVDB Arquitectos

The main goal of the project was to create a building integrated in the urban context and providing the construction of public space visually connecting the city and the park.

The site plan is located in a park area in the middle of a neighborhood with public buildings, like a Day Care Elderly Centre and a Public Swimming Pool. The building offers public space and paths connecting the different parts of the city and opening it to the community.

Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal

  • Architects: CVDB Arquitectos
  • Project: Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal
  • Location: Portela de Carnaxide, Oeiras, Portugal
  • Project data: International public competition – 1st prize, 2008
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Oeiras (Oeiras Municipality)
  • Total Built area: 5 000 sq m (53 820 sq ft)
  • Construction cost including stage equipment: 2 000 000 Euros ($ 2 776 000 USD)
  • Design Team: Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay and Tiago Santos with  João Falcão, Joana Barrelas, Luís Cruz, Hugo Nascimento, Ângelo Branquinho
  • Lanscape architecture: GLOBAL – Arq.ª Inês Norton
  • Structure, foundations and services: AFA Consult

Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal

The project consists in lifting the building and having a non-build ground floor increasing the public space and creating a platform under the building leaning over the park. This permeability offers a qualified collective space that continues towards the park leading to the lower part of the territory. Therefore the building connects the different levels of the landscape.


Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal

The ground floor includes the entrances to the five housing blocks. This spaces look like metallic grid “boxes” with irregular shapes. The structure of the building on the ground floor consists in spread columns with geometrical shapes according to the formal language of the “boxes”. These light elements give the illusion that the building is floating.

Social House-40 Fogos S.Marcal

The housing block is turned East and West and allows transversal ventilation giving the users quality of life. The living rooms have a wide open view towards the park and the city landscape. The forty apartments were organized in five blocks and four levels. Each level has one bedroom and two bedroom typologies. Between blocks there are vertical voids characterized by vibrant colors that contaminate the entrance area to the apartments and offer a cross view to the city and the park.



The Architecture practice CVDB ARQUITECTOS was founded by Cristina Veríssimo and Diogo Burnay in 1999. The studio work ranges from urban design projects to new buildings, from rehabilitation of old buildings to interior architecture or ephemeral structures. The studio is committed to develop a professional practice associated to architectural research, understanding each project as an open and participated field to all involved in the design process, exploring current design practices and building design methods that position architecture as part of a larger physical and cultural landscape and considering the individual’s experience and perception of urban spaces. The practice has had several national and international design awards, has been invited to lecture in Portugal, Spain, France, Argentina and the USA. Their work has been published and exhibited in several countries, such as Portugal, France, Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Mexico and China.

CVDB Arquitectos

Cristina Veríssimo graduated in Architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura (FA-UTL) and has a Masters from the GSD, Harvard. She worked with João Luis Carrilho da Graça in Lisbon and with Zaha Hadid in London. She has been a jury and lectured in schools in Hong Kong, Europe, Argentina, USA, and currently teaches design studio at the Faculdade de Arquitectura in Lisbon.


Diogo Burnay graduated in Architecture at the Faculdade de Arquitectura (FA-UTL) and has a Masters from the Bartlett, London. He worked in Lisbon, London and Macau. He taught and lectured in schools in Hong Kong, Europe, was the Cass Gilbert Professor at CALA, University of Minnesota, 2002 and 2006, was the Ralph Hawkins professor at the School of Architecture of the University of Texas, Arlington, in the fall 2007 and currently teaches design studio at the Faculdade de Arquitectura in Lisbon.




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