QUINTA DE BAIXO
with Pablo Pita
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.
Architecture: depA Architects + Pablo Pita
MEP: CPX, Edgar Brito
Commission: Águas do Porto