Essenza is a multifamily residential building located at the doorstep of Porto's City Park, in Portugal. The building's most striking feature is the facade's three-dimensionality, created through geometric rips that cut the concrete as if there is a body reaction in each cut. This skin effect creates the illusion of undulation and movement and extends to the base of the volume, covered by a golden grid with a design inspired by the window spans. The residential building was designed to be experienced, combining technology with a selection of luxury finishes to provide maximum comfort and functionality to its residents. In permanent dialogue with the Park, Essenza promotes the extension of its physical spaces, in a symbiosis between interior and exterior.
Location:Porto - Portugal
Studio NameVentura + Partners
Lead designerManuel Ventura
Design teamLead Architect, Manuel Ventura; Project coordinator, Amanda Maria, Sofia Sousa; Colaborators, Cláudia Vaz, Cristina Figueiredo, Pablo Hernández, Rui Almeida.
Project copyrightVentura + Partners
Photography creditsAntónio Teixeira, Nelson Garrido