Námar rises floor by floor, each story poised like a glistening leaf carved in stone.
The asymmetries become movement in a contemporary sophisticated design.
The light which bathes the hill enters through huge windows. A daring composition of white tones and transparency opens and illuminates generous spaces.
In contrast, the hardwood floors give consistency and warmth to the residences.
The studio Aires Mateus is an international benchmark for Portuguese contemporary architecture. Its mastery of innovation in the recreation of vernacular elements of the tradition has been recognised through various national and international awards.
“Architecture is about life, about preparing somewhere where something is going to happen.”
Manuel Aires Mateus
2017 Pessoa Award
Námar’s proposal consists of four well-spaced three-bedroom apartments with generous outside areas and parking.
Belém is different from the rest of Lisbon. Among the gardens, parks, museums and historic monuments lies a calm and pleasant residential quarter of small shops and open spaces on the western edge of the city, where the river meets the sea.