NATURAL PARK HEADQUARTERS

OTO ARQUITECTOS

Photos courtesy of FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

NATURAL PARK HEADQUARTERS

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Calçada Ribeiro Santos 19 R/C, 1200-789 Lisboa, Portugal
www.oto.pt
Category:
Landscape and Public Spaces
Project selected:
NATURAL PARK HEADQUARTERS
Location:
Fogo Island, Capo Verde
Year:
2014

On Fogo island at an altitude of 1800 meters, amidst the crater of the volcano, lies a village of about 1200 inhabitants. The status of protected area of national interest forced the zoning of farming, with obvious limitations to construction. The outlines for the project therefore rise from the need to consolidate the identity of this protected region. Spaces for cultural and recreational interplay were thought of a feasible solution, both for the people of Chã das Caldeiras, as well as for visitors. The idea was therefore to achieve a balanced solution, where architecture and landscape become accomplices, complementary to each other. The mass of the building is constituted of a continuous skin, composed of local black masonry block – a mixture of cement and ashes from the volcano. To address the inexistence of any previous infrastructure, the building was thought of as a self-sufficient unit: solar panels and a double water grid system ensure that the buildings’ energetic needs are fulfilled throughout the year. The building is divided into two main zones: a Cultural zone, composed of a covered auditorium, an open-air auditorium, library and terrace-caffè, and an Administrative zone, which comprises meeting rooms, offices, laboratory and technical areas.
With the Headquarter fully operational, the Natural Park contributes to enrich the social, cultural and economic sectors of the island, starting to integrate and enhance in a harmonious way the surrounding space.

Project by André Castro Santos, Miguel Ribeiro de Carvalho, Nuno Teixeira Martins and, Ricardo Barbosa Vicente.

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