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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© Gonçalo Lopes e José Manuel Costa
© Gonçalo Lopes e José Manuel Costa
© Gonçalos Lopes e José Manuel Costa

Grandela Quarter

  • Original Authors:
  • Vários autores
  • (1910)

  • Interventions:
  • Rui Pimentel
  • (1993)

In a period of significant population increase and lack of proportional guarantees of public health, infrastructure and housing, Francisco Grandela had an exclusive quarter built for factory workers and foremen in 1902—close to his factory and similarly to other twentieth-century industrialists. Classified as a property of public interest, the complex located between Ribeira de Alcântara and Estrada de Benfica consists of two typologies: ground floor or first floor flats with access through exterior stairs and single-family houses. In the main façade, the two city blocks are finalised by autonomous buildings, whose scale and inspiration in classical architecture contrast with the simplicity of the residential area. Originally, they were a nursery and a primary school. Today, they are public facilities, the Republic and Resistance Library-Museum, and the House for Citizenship.

Estrada de Benfica, 419
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