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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© Pedro Sadio

Águas Livres Residential Block

  • Original Authors:
  • Nuno Teotónio Pereira ,
  • Bartolomeu da Costa Cabral
  • (1956)

In the middle of the consolidated city one finds this city on a small scale inspired by the Athens Charter. The complex houses private residences, social spaces, studios, shared service spaces and shops. When it was built in the 1950s it was a kind of unité d’habitation, but one that was not isolated from its surroundings. A youth work of Nuno Teotónio Pereira and Bartolomeu da Costa Cabral, the building came to symbolise modern living in Lisbon. The design of the housing typologies took differing types of family development into consideration. It offered new apartment types with a spacious living area, a generous balcony, prime views over the city and the river below, with shared service areas but without areas reserved for a housemaid; valuable artistic heritage was also featured in the shared spaces. Of the works, one can highlight the glazed mosaic panels by Almada Negreiros, the stained glass window by Manuel Cargaleiro, the panel by Frederico George, the bas-reliefs by Jorge Vieira and the sgraffito concrete panel by José Escada. In 2012 the building was listed as a Monument of Public Interest.

Praça das Águas Livres, 8
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