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QUINTA DE BAIXO
Porto, Portugal
2014

 2nd Prize
with Pablo Pita
International Competition


Quinta de Baixo is a headquarters extension for the Porto Water Department. Conceptually the project stands on the idea of a new volume that is set inside of the old manor's carcass, using it as starting point.
In the interior the building is arranged following a very assertive circulation plan that is set by a clear structural scheme, also helping to establish a spatial hierarchy. This composition is defined by two crossed and expressive beams in each floor, and a vertical core that gathers all the complementary programs.
The new programmatic needs demand a new scale adjustment that results in a typology with fewer subdivisions. It would be pointless to develop a mimetic approach to the uncharacterized manor, rather than an evolutive and flexible scheme.


Technical Information
Architecture: depA Architects + Pablo Pita 
MEP: CPX, Edgar Brito
Commission: Águas do Porto