We featured two (Aedas Architects + P+HS Architects) of the shortlisted entries for the 36 The Calls architectural competition run by the Architects Journal with developer Citu. This is another iconic proposal designed by Portuguese architects Project O Arquitectos Associados.
+ Project description courtesy Project O Arquitectos Associados
Single conceptual volume, formed by the site limits, carved in a subtraction process, according to the programming demands.
A sculptural building, with a sense of unit, a clear enclosed form, achieving the iconic character.
White glossy sculptural facetated mass only permeable by punctual openings. A visual and clear distinction between public and private was necessary, both functional and aesthetically.
The design brief: office building with public space and somehow connected to the neighbouring building.
Goal: Offer multifunctional high quality spaces, easily adaptable according to every need.
On ground floor, bar and function room/auditorium and a projected platform over the river is assumed as an extension of the public space into the riverside.
On upper floors, optimized plans by reducing constraining structural elements and all vertical circulation and ancillary into a single vertical column, which allows clear and unrestricted adaptable open plan offices.
Top floors, of residential nature, are designed to be easily converted to small office studios or open plan offices.
Metal structure, with a recyclable rain screen cladding facade system, composed of seamless alluminium panels with high performance insulation and double glazed windows, with thermally broken frames.
“Active” design integrates openable perforated shutters for efficient control of solar gaining and shading (avoiding overheating).
Passive cross ventilation is allowed and secondary mechanical ventilation is integrated, with a heat recovering system.
Photovoltaic cells are integrated in south facing glazing and solar panels on the roof terrace provide energy and hot water provision.
Green roofing with rainwater harvesting system is another feature.