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Masterplan Lisboa

Urban planning


Center, Lisbon

Parque Eduardo VII is one of the main parks of Lisbon and is located at the end of the famous main street Avenida de Liberdade. This street provides the city with fresh air coming from the ‘Tejo’ river. West of this large and well-known park there’s a closed site surrounded by a 7 meter tall wall. The plot is isolated from the surrounding urban structure. It was asked to design an urban plan that offers housing, public services, public space and a limited amount of offices.

Aging of the population near the site
  • São Sebastião da pedreira

  • São Mameda

  • Campolide

Suburb vs. center

At the time of this project the city center of Lisbon suffered from a decrease in population. The suburbs offer better accessibility, better housing quality and a safer and greener environment to raise children, this resulting in aging of the population in the city center.

Analysis of infrastructure & public transport

Attracting young people

Lisbon seems to be unable to solve this problem with the existing grids. Existing grids can offer good quality buildings, but they fail in creating large areas which are accessible and safe. The center offers excellent shopping opportunities and there are bars and small supermarkets everywhere, but important services for young people are missing. Places like kindergardens, gyms or a daycares for children are important too.

Traditional Urban blocks
Macro scale building block

A macro block

Masterplan Lisboa investigates the potential of a macro scale city block near the center of Lisbon. An idea which tends to provide new experiences to attract a younger and more diverse groups of people in the center of Lisbon.  A safe city experience could be offered by creating a macro scale building block, with the right facilities and public spaces to attract younger groups of people which so far preferred to live outside Lisbons’ city center.

The wall
Vertical and horizontal extension
differentiated block

Public transport

and accesibility

The design of the block did not start by the block itself, but by creating better infrastructure and stops for public transport. By analyzing and joining the existing intermodel-system of Lisbon, the area got more accessible and public transport more useable.

Inspiration from the old wall

The macro city blocked follows the plot-line and is positioned exactly where the old wall used to be. The old wall was the inspiration for a new “wall” made out of buildings to close the site and creates a large and safe green area. This large and closed block is then perforated to create multiple entrances as there had always been the intention to connect the site to the surrounding. By using a parametric model it was possible to generate a flexible structure that can grow in relation to the demand on the real estate market. The generated result prevented from monotonous streets and buildings. Moreover this system allowed the design of roof gardens, terraces or balconies.

Location Avenida da Liberdade, Lisboa (PT)
Year 2012
Type Urban planning
In collaboration with
Mari Rosa Texeira (PT), Beatriz Vilar (PT), Ana Margarida Falé (PT) & Matteo Piras (IT)