ADVANCED NAVAL DESIGN CENTER - LISBONShort presentation of my diploma project
The site I chose for my project locates in Lisbon, Portugal. As I had the opportunity of interacting for a long term with the city through my Erasmus experience and professional work as well, I felt I could connect with its waterfront issue. I chose a place that reflects my attachment for the area and the passion for naval activities.
The thesis and analyses I did for it helped me to enrich my knowledge on the subject of waterfronts and also helped me to understand better what does an intervention in such a place implies.
Situated at the Tagus river estuary, near the Atlantic Ocean, the site is in between the administrative border of Lisbon and Oeiras Municipality, Alges area. The site itself has a quite brief history, but the urban center that is located near, Belem, has a strong touristic features, due to its navigation character that goes back to Vasco da Gama and all the Portuguese discoveries. I intend to makea strong pedestrian connection with this area, by continuing the waterside walk.
The program that I am proposing is a hybrid that I will call ADVANCED NAVAL DESIGN CENTER. It is a project for Lisbon waterfront that aims to activate the area. Functions as yachting club, design institute (with design school and offices) will be merged into this building, where yacht prototypes will be assembled and tested and will represent an important national and international meeting point for the naval design industry. Here there will take place exhibitions, demonstrations and different events of great importance, creating a unique place in Portugal, land of the great explorers.
Near, there is a proposal that includes a mega yachts basin and team bases for future and current international sailing competitions, that Lisbon is frequently a host of. This means that together with the privileged location, the proposed program is more than welcomed in this environment. It will be an attraction for sportlovers, yacht design addicts and a tourist magnet.
Once the old docks from Docapesca will be demolished, I will apply an old proposal for the site from 2007, designed for the America’s Cup sailing competition (adapting it to the current situation, like the construction of the Champalimaud Center). This master plan imagines a luxury residential complex, a business center, a mega yacht basin, public spaces and promenades plus other annexes.