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Architects: María González Aranguren
Client: Design Speculation / Potentially Lisbon Mayor’s office
Project team: María González Aranguren
Design team: María González Aranguren
Sometimes when we think of S.XXI city, we think of modern, new, and high-tech buildings, but we forget the historical centers of the cities, full of history and tradition but in deplorable condition and occasionally abandoned.
This urban strategy project aims to address this problem through the rehabilitation or reactivation of the oldest district of Lisbon: ALFAMA.
On the other hand, it is a historic district with unique color tiles in its facades that gives personality to this city. Because of their importance, it is decided to intervene by emptying the interior of the buildings in poor condition but keeping these traditional facades.
It is also about rethinking how to improve or adapt these buildings and the neighborhood for people to use them and to make them productive. This doesn’t mean that one cannot innovate and propose new productive and energy-efficient solutions, as perhaps the most important solution for the cities is transforming these buildings, that are polluting more energy because of their old architectural solutions. This project has already received 20 international awards.