MEMORIES OF ANOTHER TEJO
Universidade de Lisboa -
Faculdade de Arquitectura
Urban Regeneration at Rocha do Conde de Óbidos
The present work has its origin in the reflection over the degradation of Lisbon's riverine area and of the long existing divorce between the city and the river.
It is urgent to give the river back to the city and its people. This work intends to contribute to the public debate concerning the need of rehabilitation of Lisbon's riverine area. Aiming to retrieve the river and its memories, we set out to intervene in the area of Rocha do Conde de Óbidos: designing a network composed of the Ancient Art Museum, the Tercenas ensemble, the maritime station and the shipyard. The Tejo scenario we can currently observe is quite different from the one that once existed: in a past not far away, we would find a Tejo filled with boats, with their billowing sails and colorful bows. Aiming to bring back a culture that is familiar to us and distant at the same time, we design a big infrastructure that works as a space that makes possible to shelter, classify and communicate the information that will perpetuate the river's culture. The anchoring to the site arises from the contemporaneous rereading of the vocabulary of the place's characteristic buildings: the museum is designed based on the stereotomic and tectonic paradoxes: over the platform, designed like the dry-dock and the cuttings of the stone wall, a visually lighter and smoother structure is supported, covering the whole museum space. The museum building is not simply a majestic spaceship and an exhibition space; nor is it only hard matter that's been subtracted in order to originate space, or the light roofing that covers it; but also the empty space in its central interior of big vertical dimensions, that is the true podium of the vessels and the object of the imaginary of the actor invited to visit the history of the Tejo and the city.