The scope of this project consisted in the conception of an industrial facility for EDP, a global energy company, to act as a base for the observation and control of a dam in case of emergency.
Located in Ermida, in Portugal’s midlands, this area is defined by a beautiful course of water and is surrounded by a large forest.
The building needed to stay in an elevated location, protected from floods and allowing a perfect view from its interior to the dam. This made it necessary to intervene in the landscape, resulting in an elevated level platform and vehicle access leading to the entrance of the building.
Designing an industrial building in a forest area, with occasional traditional constructions with pitched roofs in the surroundings, allowed me to think about how a contemporary industrial building might fit in this landscape.
How could this building avoid being just another contemporary ‘box’?
Could a contemporary building interpret, in a modern way, the traditional constructions visible in its surroundings?
Dams and associated buildings, in Portugal, are traditionally built in concrete.
Ermida, the name of the location, means small church or chapel.
With this in mind, the idea of designing, a building with a concrete pitched roof emerged.
A contemporary industrial project that could reinterpret traditional roofs covered with tiles and also identify with the name of the location.
The concrete appeared as a continuous shell – skin and skeleton – that served as walls and roof, as well as finishing and waterproofing material.
In between, covering both the front and rear facades, other materials such as aluminium and glass emerged:
A contemporary industrial building that aimed to reinterpret traditional constructions, honour the location´s name and respect the materiality of the architectural history at EDP.
Photos: Alexandre Delmar (A Caixa Negra)
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<>GERMANY WEEK<> Barkow LEIBEIGNER - A discursive research-based approach to architecture and design.
Barkow Leibinger is an American/German architectural practice based in Berlin and New York, founded in 1993 by Frank Barkow and Regine Leibinger.
Their discursive research-based approach to architecture and design allows Barkow Leibinger’s work to respond to advancing knowledge and technology, locating the practice as an international leader in digital and analogue fabrication techniques. This know-how expands to include new materials and their applications in driving the practice forward, a continuously evolving activity. The office’s focus revolves around a commitment to academic teaching, research and the practice itself — each are autonomous work areas, which simultaneously inform one another. This approach manifests distinctly in each project through the interrelationships within client-architect dialogue, location, aesthetics, and purpose.
Barkow Leibinger’s work is realized over a wide range of scales and building types including building for workplace (industry, office, and master planning), cultural, housing, event spaces, as well as exhibitions and installations in the public realm internationally. Recently completed buildings include the Trumpf Smart Factory in Chicago, the Fellows Pavilion for the American Academy in Berlin, the HAWE Factory Kaufbeuren and the Tour Total office high-rise in Berlin.
Their work was included in the Serpentine Summer House program 2016 in London and will be shown in the 2nd Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017. It was also shown in the 4th Marrakech Biennale, the 14th and the 11th Architecture Biennale, Venice, and is housed in the permanent collections of MoMA, New York, and the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt. They have won four National AIA Honor Awards for Architecture and a Global Holcim Innovation Award for sustainability as well as various German architecture awards.
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