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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.

Observatory in Aveiro, Portugal by Pedro Machado Costa

 
June 14th, 2018 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Pedro Machado Costa

The Observatory rises above a labyrinth of canals, salt marshes and small islands that punctuate the landscape of the lagoon. The building serves as a welcome centre for the Natural Park’s visitors, who search for the biodiversity of the Vouga River’s estuary.

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

The building is positioned near the cost line. The up and down of the tides submerges part of the building’s base, allowing direct access from its interior to small boats that take the visitors off to the lagoon.

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Inside, one can find an exhibition area and an auditorium, offering a panorama of the surrounding landscape. Through four huge and deep windows, visitors will experience four glimpses over the territory: the serenity of the lagoon’s water plan, the rippling vegetation growing at the dikes, the slow movement of the sky and the profile of the city.

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Former craftsmen of an old deactivated shipyard in Aveiro built the Observatory. Two carpenters shaped the wooden parts of the formworks, and naval locksmiths manufactured the metal elements.

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

The construction of the building lasted for more than a decade.

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Vasco Neves Architectural Photography

Image Courtesy © Pedro Machado Costa

Image Courtesy © Pedro Machado Costa

Image Courtesy © Pedro Machado Costa

Image Courtesy © Pedro Machado Costa

Image Courtesy © Pedro Machado Costa

Image Courtesy © Pedro Machado Costa

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