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Trienal de Arquitectura de Lisboa
© Alba Barcena
© Alba Barcena
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Alto da Eira Towers

  • Original Authors:
  • Francisco Silva Dias ,
  • Antonieta Silva Dias
  • (1973, 1973)

At a ten-minute walk from Largo da Graça we find one of the largest and most incomprehensible voids in Lisbon: a valley that opens up views over the river, accessible from Avenida General Roçadas and Avenida Mouzinho de Albuquerque. In this huge portion of land, during centuries of expansion, we can only find a barracks from the 18th century and the working-class Vila Cândida, inaugurated in 1915. In the 1970s, EPUL promoted the structuring of this territory with Plano de Urbanização do Vale Escuro, but only a tiny part was implemented. Only two towers were built, and neither the necessary connections were made, nor the planned density was reached. The initial project envisaged six towers with 67 apartments each and a set of horizontal units for shopping and services to unite them. 50 smaller buildings were also planned down the slope, also intended for collective housing.


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