AN OPENED DOOR TO THE SEA IN ALCOBAÇA
Universidade de Coimbra - Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologias
The Alcoa river is located in a in a very rich and diversified territory transformed by many natural or human-induced factors through the centuries.
These metamorphoses were more intense on the part of the river located on the urban zone of Alcobaça city until the mouth of it. Nowadays the agricultural lands dominate the landscape. However once when the Pederneira Lagoon existed in these areas it looked just like a strip of sea entering these lands forming a precious lagoon.
The aim of this work is to present a new conception of the old Lagoon area, valuing the landscape stablishing a relation between the old area and the city of Alcobaça. This project is formed by three connected but distinct parts according to each of the different geographic areas.
A bicycle path would be created in the floodplain associated to other alternative paths to introduce/empower new activities connected to other kinds of leisure allowing the explorations of important aspects and places of this territory.
Also concerning to the river, there is also the Green park program, which makes the transition through the valley between the urban zone of Alcobaça city and the area where the agricultural Lands begin: the V-shaped valley. The design of the park will take advantage of the valley's nature richness and the industrial parks like the old COFTA, allowing exploring new trails discover new places. In the beginning, the design of the Park had the valley was divided in four parts. Having each one of them with its characteristics, it resulted in different program propositions: a clearing, an island, a garden and a front yard.
To conclude, and also related to this two aims, it is proposed to redesign the northern door of the city by dignifying the main road of connection to the River and from there to the Sea.
A study of the area allows the production of some synthetizing and essential designs things for a better understanding of the territory and its many transformations by selecting the most relevant information needed to develop the project. All this information gave birth to a Map of the Alcoa River in the old Pederneira Lagoon Territory, which is complemented with the long profiles of the old cavities of the Lagoon, which were the base for the name of the proposition for the alluvial plain and the Green Park.