Municipal Housing Project in Carcavelos

Cascais Municipality
Cascais, Portugal
Competition, 2019
2.3 ha
The existing public space is defined by two zones disconnected from the urban grid, which result from the landfills generated by the existing building complex construction. Despite the importance of this public space, both in terms of size and exposure and considering the shortage of gardens or parks in the adjacent urban network, the successive programming and unarticulated deployment of urban equipment has eliminated the necessary unoccupied space for free activities, which is essential for a inclusive community-based public space. Given the importance of this space at the urban level and its weaknesses, it was considered that it would not be interesting to create a third public space affected to the proposed building, but to requalify this area as a whole.
It was proposed the creation of a South-facing public park with a large open meadow. A tree and shrub border defines the boundaries of the park, filters out the presence of the existing buildings and directs views of the vineyards, farmland and the National Agronomic Station woods – Quinta de Cima- as well as the sea.
The smooth, concave topography of the terrain, which can still be observed in the southernmost vineyard, should be recovered. At the lowest point of the park, a slight depression in the meadow will be modeled to create a rainwater retention basin.
The proposed path system is articulated with the pedestrian street at the northern limit of the intervention area, which connects to Arneiro, as well as the pedestrian street in the south, which connects to a main avenue and school. Transverse crossings allow the maintenance of the existing connections.
Landscape Architecture
HAHA Landscape Architecture
Manuel Cordeiro, Nuno Figueiras, Adriana Almeida
CAIS Arquitectura & Joaquim Esquível