Opacity and transparency in relation to the surroundings
This multi-family housing building is the first to be completed with this use as part of our project to reorganise and redevelop the East Entrance to Cascais. Bayview is a project that started in 2018 and which encompasses urban design, commerce, services and three plots for multi-family housing.
The five above-ground floors are divided into 35 apartments and are developed on north- and west-facing terraces. At the rear, the terraces recede in height, opening the sea views to the south. The social areas of the units are located on this elevation, completed with full-width terraces that provide sun exposure and views over the bay of Cascais. Transparency predominates on this façade, made up of large glazed planes that bring the exterior and the proximity to the sea inside the dwellings. This transparency contrasts with the main façade, corresponding to the convex part of the building. This latter part is opaque, with smaller vertically aligned openings protecting the building from noise and road traffic to the west. The asymmetrical arrangement of the openings sets the rhythm of the façade, with the blue tile mouldings evoking the ocean and anticipating the opening at the rear façade. The landscaping is a fundamental component of the project, acting to link the various plots together. The L-shaped layout creates a large outdoor space protected from the winds and overlooking the sea, which integrates and blends with the other green spaces found on the block. The public and private green spaces are striking elements of the entire development, constituting a barrier that protects and integrates the classified heritage. The asymmetries and organic forms and the use of native and easy-to-maintain species create a whole that simultaneously contrasts and complements the materiality of the façades.
Location, Cascais, Portugal
Client, Grand Bay Residences - SICAFI, S.A
Area, 20.452 m2
Year, 2019 - 2023
Architecture, Angêlo Dias, Ângelo Vivas, Bárbara Alves Lopes, Duarte Pinto-Coelho, João Torres, Lourenço Vaz-Pinto, Luis Alves, Madalena Alves, Magda Rocha, Marcus Cerdeira, Maria do Rosário Jacinto, Miguel Vivas, Sofia Bray (in-house), Next Architects (partnership)
Construction, Teixeira Duarte
Landscape architecture, Francisco Caldeira Cabral, Elsa Severino
Photography, Francisco Nogueira
Sustainability was a concern that underpinned all stages of the project. The subdivision and respective urbanisation works were subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment, and the various buildings have LEED and BREEAM certifications, thus meeting international standards for sustainable construction.