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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.

Terraços De Cascais in Cascaes, Portugal by Humberto Conde

 
March 22nd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Humberto Conde

This project is characterized mainly by its peculiar volumetric development. It’s articulated in step horizontal boards, following this way the terrain morphology.Composed by four housing blocks, the whole set is articulated by two vertical access volumes, without windows, ripped only on the contact with the floor and on the rooftop for zenithal lighting.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG) 

  • Architects: Humberto Conde
  • Project: Terraços De Cascais
  • Location: Cascaes, Portugal
  • Type of the Project: Housing building.
  • Architect in Charge: Humberto Conde
  • Collaborators: Paulo Figueiredo , Helena Ramos , Leopoldo Calhau , Filipe Ramalho, Joana Catarré
  • Structures: Pedro Novais, Eng.
  • Lanscape Architecture: Nuno Viterbo
  • Promotor: Cereja & Associados, Soc. Construções Lda
  • Construction Management: Cereja & Associados, Soc. Construções Lda
  • Technical Direction: Pedro Soares, Eng. and Dário Cereja, Téc
  • Construction period: 2005-2009
  • Project Area: 3055,89 m²

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Those two volumes, recessed towards the rest, ensure a break on the whole, disallowing it to assume big unscalable proportions which would compromise its integration in the environment. As the building takes a central position on the intervention area, it results that all the surrounding spaces deserved a special attention. Mainly related to private terraces, are also developed in horizontal steps taking profit of the rooftop of the underground parking area.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

The proposal has two entrances, east and west, one in each limit of the project area. The connection between those two points is made by a circulation axe of stairs and ramps.This proposal has a very specific metric defined by its openings. This metric comes also to the interior by many other elements. This strictness regards to the design of all parts of the building, from furniture to the doors and baseboards, enforcing the idea of the project as a unit.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image Courtesy © Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)

Image courtesy Humberto Conde

Image courtesy Humberto Conde

Image courtesy Humberto Conde

Image courtesy Humberto Conde

Image courtesy Humberto Conde

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