Egypt Embassy in Lisbon

Egypt Embassy in Lisbon

Architect
ARX Portugal Arquitectos
Location
Avenida Vasco Da Gama, Lisbon, Portugal | View Map
Project Year
2010
Category
Embassies
Perseu Mandillo

New Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy in Lisbon

ARX Portugal Arquitectos as Architects

Competition for the new Arab Republic of Egypt Embassy in Lisbon


The current Egypt Embassy stands in an estate in Restelo, in the middle of a residential area. Characterized by a meagre relationship with the river, the site presents a slight slope, occupied by a regulated system of lots. The existence of a large boulevard on the front elevation of the building is also one of the main characteristics of the territory.


Abiding to the areas established in the Program, we thrived to respect the essential restrictions that existed for the lot in question (PDM and the parameters of the current building), and decided to define, as a starting point, a volumetric which was the result of the allowed distances and maximum boundaries.


In this context, the embassy emerges as a self-sustained cube, mainly made of rock-textured concrete, placed at the centre of the lot (as urban restrictions suggest). Around it emerges the garden, structured from ledges of the outer wall, creating a premeditated sequence of spaces materializing different environments. The building is composed by a system of “half-levels” which, when grouped, amount to the 3 floors requested on the Program.


An interior walkthrough goes around the cube sculpting the access to all the spaces it encompasses. This path thus becomes the vital theme for the project. Wandering through the building one discovers patios and standing areas of strong intimate character. The ambassador’s office stands at the crown of the building and profits from a private terrace ambitioning a privileged view of the River.


When designing this project, hovering in our minds were the images of the outstanding monuments of Ancient Egypt, built from the juxtaposition of heavy stone blocks. They are in fact an art form and a legacy of egyptian culture that has fascinated the whole world. The proposal is then based on our vision of such millenary aspects of egyptian architecture: the universe of simple shapes, the stone's telluric beauty and the construction's sustainable character; the natural light so extraordinarily modelled and filtered.


The current Egypt Embassy stands in an estate in Restelo, in the middle of a residential area. Characterized by a meagre relationship with the river, the site presents a slight slope, occupied by a regulated system of lots. The existence of a large boulevard on the front elevation of the building is also one of the main characteristics of the territory.


Abiding to the areas established in the Program, we thrived to respect the essential restrictions that existed for the lot in question (PDM and the parameters of the current building), and decided to define, as a starting point, a volumetric which was the result of the allowed distances and maximum boundaries.


In this context, the embassy emerges as a self-sustained cube, mainly made of rock-textured concrete, placed at the centre of the lot (as urban restrictions suggest). Around it emerges the garden, structured from ledges of the outer wall, creating a premeditated sequence of spaces materializing different environments. The building is composed by a system of “half-levels” which, when grouped, amount to the 3 floors requested on the Program.


An interior walkthrough goes around the cube sculpting the access to all the spaces it encompasses. This path thus becomes the vital theme for the project. Wandering through the building one discovers patios and standing areas of strong intimate character. The ambassador’s office stands at the crown of the building and profits from a private terrace ambitioning a privileged view of the River. When designing this project, hovering in our minds were the images of the outstanding monuments of Ancient Egypt, built from the juxtaposition of heavy stone blocks. They are in fact an art form and a legacy of egyptian culture that has fascinated the whole world.


The proposal is then based on our vision of such millenary aspects of egyptian architecture: the universe of simple shapes, the stone's telluric beauty and the construction's sustainable character; the natural light so extraordinarily modelled and filtered.

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