In a Zone Exposed to Strong Winds, a Structure for a Bar-Esplanade Is Created That, Although Keeping an Ephemeral Character of Kiosk, It Makes Possible the Biggest Versatility in Its Implantation and the Relation With the River and the City. Closing the Space Only when Necessary, Allowing the Maximum of Opening to the Time, Character of Covered Esplanade Is Conferred It. the Support Services Are Dislocated for an Embedded Floor.
Located in Lisbon's Port, on the Riverside of Tagus River, This Place Is Surrounded by Part of the City's Culture and
History. Without Denying It's Involving Area, Not Closing Towards the City and Not Taking over As the Protagonist, the Object Stands Back Watching the River Pass by. It Witnesses and Celebrates the Landscape, the River Presence
and It's Movement. Due to It's Ephemeral Structure, It Is Not Bound to the Site Permanently. Like a Boat on Land, This Object Could Lift Anchor and Sail.
Considering the Symbolic Characteristics of the Place, Its Localization of Exception, It Is Looked to Break the Visual
Barriers, Allowing a Total Transparency. Its Drawing As Object, in the Detail, in the Choice of the Materials and Its
Execution, for This They Contribute. an Only Metallic Element, a Profile in I and Glass, They Decide the Structure and
Closing, Suggesting the Cavername of a Boat.
the Metallic Elements That Constitute the Structure and the Floor Are Normalized Being Able to Be Mounted and
Reused Elements Easily. in the Prolongation of the Beams the Doors Are Projected Sliding.
the White Catches and Returns Atmospheres.
This project appeared on europaconcorsi home page slideshow dedicated to portuguese architecture, online from the 13th to the 20th march 2007. The series was realized in cooperation with Luis Afonso - Arx Portugal. We thank him for his help, kindness and professional advice.