Architects : Marta Mendonça & Gonzalo Galindo Collaborators : Cécile Jalby, Marco Carvalho Client : Mairie de Oeiras Programme : Headquarters Oeiras Mairie Surface : 26000 sqm Status: International competition 3rd Price
The localization of the future Oeiras Forum finds it self surrounded through different types of programs and different scales of users. The existence of the forum in this context, results on the hierarchy of existent structures and turns out in the primordial element of the urban context. Consequently, the new building should constitute an architectonic icon, institutional and future reference for the municipality.
Following, the project regards:
an unique and strong image, such as a symbol;
an integrated answer on the existing urban landscape, with a detailed and minimalist work of the existing site levels
and a conscientious localization and configuration control of the building in order to achieve a maximum exterior-interior, as well as interior – exterior view control
The project materializes itself through the relation between a horizontal surface and a vertical element. The horizontal surface works just like a square, a terrace, a platform, a pedestrian surface qualifying such as public space. A 60 metres “tower” emerges from this platform and turn out to be the image of the Forum and urban reference.