Braço de Prata Housing ComplexLisboa, Portugal
The project to redevelop the Braço de Prata site, a former industrial estate on the banks of the river Tagus in Lisbon, will combine both urbanism and architecture. New residential buildings and retail facilities aim to bring life back to the district. The design draws inspiration from the site’s industrial past, in particular the dense grid layout that the original factory buildings followed, perpendicular to the adjacent Tagus river. The new scheme keeps the density of the grid but disrupts the uniformity by introducing a series of transversal roads. The spine of the scheme will be a new road running parallel to the river, for shops, pedestrians, and providing public transportation. The buildings are inspired by Lisboan tradition; their street facades will be simple and regular, concealing interior courtyard spaces. A grid of vegetation comprising some 1700 palm trees will cover the site to complement the urban grid.