Residential tower in Asprela universty area
December 2017 – (…)
Radial approach to leverage typological diversity
It is in the north end of the city of Porto that is located the largest University Campus of the city. Bordered to the North by the Circunvalação Road and to the South by the VCI highway, are the main universities of the city, as well as two large hospitals.
With a simple structural system and in parallel with an infrastructural system
also of great effectiveness, we managed to organize the whole building in a radial way. With the common accesses in the core of the building, the service areas of the apartments in the intermediate radius and the social zones in the greater radius of the circumference, thus we define the plan of the building.
The rationality imposed on the design of the building is transversal. The structural system also shows the metric system found to solve the facade of the building that “clinging” to a metric structural system defines a dynamics of appealing elevation. The facade defined by vertical elements that repeat themselves and define different rhythms, precedes a balcony space for each housing unit. The proposed façade protects the housing units, not only from the solar point of view but also from the acoustic point of view (it acts as a barrier that fragments the noise generated by the high traffic routes) as well as a filter that controls the privacy of each housing unit.