Universidade de Lisboa
Between Santa Apolónia and Xabregas
The present project constitutes the Master's Final Project in Architecture, whose theme consists of a critical reflection over the riverfront, from Santa Apolónia station to Gualdim Pais Street.
The possibility - cast by Lisbon's municipality - of deactivating the railway and port infrastructures constituted a big scale transformation potential that, in this work, we tried to develop. Within this context, the reading of occupation processes constitutes the starting point of the investigation and of the understanding of identity and image, once existing and now completely lost. The understanding of the different limits of this territory, successively manipulated by man through the construction of landfills, allowed for an understanding of the implantation of several palaces, manors and convents, as well as the direct relationship these have with the river and the existing riverine beaches before the industrial period. The intervention proposal consists of the re-interpretation of the old city margin, now represented by the railway's retaining wall, and its transformation into a totally permeable system of walls, platforms and height transition elements. This system is intimately connected with the new urban park that intends to rebuild the breathing space once protagonized by the Tejo river, giving it back to the city. The park presents tree moments of exception, corresponding to the three inner valleys in which the park connects to the river. The edified front is itself an extension of what was and is Lisbon's riverfront, punctuated by singular buildings and port infrastructures, now re-interpreted.