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Architecture | Concept & Unbuilt

Passaredo Building

RDLM Arquitectos Associados

Short description

Concrete emerged as a trend in the second half of the 20th century, valuing simple features, with spacious and functional environments. The favoring of neutral elements gives space for the texture of the concrete to be explored in this aesthetic. Thus, raw materials dialogue smoothly with more modern ones.
The idea was to create an iconic building in a space with a unique location in the city, with a privileged view of the sea. We wanted to carry out a project in which the image base was exposed concrete. We combined 2 different shades of concrete, in which one, throughout the building, would unify the proposal and let only the balconies flow over the entire concept, applying a white concrete, assuming everything that is formwork.
Concrete, glass, marble and flat tile will be the finishing materials for the facades. The building consists of 17 apartments. Constructively, the building has a reinforced concrete structure. All exterior surfaces and ground floors have been properly treated against moisture before receiving the final coating. All interior walls are made of masonry, single or double, as the case may be. All spaces separating floors were acoustically treated, with an “Isofuam 8mm” type blanket. The partition walls carried air gap, acoustically designed polyurethane. The coverings will be in smooth anthracite and vegetable tile according to the drawings. The terraces and balconies will be heat treated and properly waterproofed. The exterior window frames are in aluminum with darkened and slightly mirrored glass. All common areas of the stairwells, as well as the water areas in the apartments, were covered with washable and waterproof materials.
Concrete concepts always are a challenge for the complexibility of combining and merging all elements of the design process.

Entry details
LocationEspinho - Portugal
Lead designerDiogo Lacerda
Design teamDiogo Lacerda; Helder Matos; Joana Antunes; Helder Mendes; David Sousa; Carlos Câmara
Photography creditsMarco Capela
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