Residential tower in Asprela universty area
December 2017 – (…)
Radial approach to leverage typological diversity
Porto’s largest University Campus is located in the north end 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 effective infrastructural system, the building was organized in a radial way, with the common accesses at the core, the service areas of the apartments in the intermediate radius and the social areas in the outer ring of the circumference.
The rationality of the building’s design is integral. The structure reveals the metric system that was found to solve the façade. The façade, defined by repeating vertical elements that create different rhythms, precedes a balcony space for each housing unit that offers protection, not only from the sun but also from the sound (acting as a barrier that fragments the noise generated by the nearby high traffic routes), while also serving as a filter that ensures privacy.