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ISCTE-Instituto Universitário de Lisboa

The Interpretation Center of Santa Quitéria reflects a group (composed by me and a colleague) desire to work on the requalification of the Volcanic Chimney of Santa Quitéria, also known as Cabeço de Meca or Cabeço de Santa Quitéria. This chimney, exploited as quarry for the extraction of basaltic matter for years, is currently abandoned, due to the impasse caused by the non-implementation of the Environmental Landscape Recovery Plan. In the territory remain the ruins of the industrial structures of the extraction and a lake in the center of its crater.
The approach developed in group and individually focused on the study of the relationship between the theme of space memory and the landscape. The development of the work affirms the landscape and natural potential of the place. Relationships with other significant points are established from two existing pedestrian routes, which cross the Cabeço. In addition to the reforestation and requalification of the routes, a new path is proposed inside the crater and two new programs: the Housing Support Building (colleague project) and the Interpretation Center, presented here.
The Interpretation Center integrates a route punctuated by existing rehabilitated buildings and a new building supporting and interpreting the Cabeço. This course is developed in the main area of settlement of deactivated industrial structures. The Interpretation Center consists of a space to support the previously mentioned rails, a reception space, an information space and three observatories. It also functions as a gateway to a new rail developed inside the open crater.
The observatories result from the intersection of the information related to Cabeço and its surroundings, providing three moments and distinct re-readings of landscape and industrial constructions. The ruins of the existing industrial structures were preserved, rehabilitating some for new proposed programs.