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_DO _L A landscape architect



Daniel Oliveira


_D O _L A daniel oliveira daniel.fc.oliv@ +44 (0)77 7407 4800 London, UK


Landscape design may well be recognised as the most comprehensive of the arts.

Geoffrey Jellicoe

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_01 Archaeological Park of Casablanca


30 Grosvenor Square

regeneration & cultural Morocco



Al Mashtal

Levada Linear Park

masterplanning UAE

regeneration & park design Portugal





Alto Douro Wine Region

cultural landscape Portugal


Thomas More Square

mixed use development London, UK







Malmรถ Visioning Study

public realm London, UK

public realm framework Sweden




Aveiro Green Infrastructure

green infrastructure Portugal


MPA Park Ikea Zabrze

retail park development Poland


Casablanca, Morocco Final Academic Project

Archaeological Park of Casablanca 4

Morocco and specially the city of Casablanca have a rich cultural heritage that has not been well recognized and valorized over time. As part of my master’s thesis, the main goal of this project is to recover a degraded area on the outskirts of this city and turning it into an Archaeological Park that emphasizes the cultural and historical characteristics of this particular site, Sidi Abderrahmane.

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Once a place of archaeological research and now a disused quarry, the strategy to regenerate the area is to engage visitors, specialists and local communities as part of the conservation process in order to valorise and promote its identity.

a narrative route along the park explains the history and cultural importance of the site engaging visitors to participate in a broad range of activities



The program of the park offers different learning circuits and it is supported by a Museum and an Interpretive Centre.

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The park also replicates certain characteristics of past environments and scenarios in order to emphasize the landscape diversity of Morocco.

mediterranean planting (Maquis and Garrigue)

riparian planting

xerophytic planting

The planting arrangement and strategy creates natural open glades for passive and active recreation. Visitors have the opportunity to see performances related with prehistoric activities such as hunting, painting, primitive fire or the production of prehistoric tools and weapons.

perimeter protection area

geological interpretative area

multi-stratified green buffer

clear lawn glade

seasonal pond

watercourse path

mediterranean planting typology

perimeter protection area


With unique geologic and topographic characteristics, security measurements protect the peripheral escarpments.


London, UK Client: Qatari Diar

30 Grosvenor Square 8

The future relocation of the existing American Embassy from Grosvenor Square, Mayfair to Nine Elms, Battersea and the consequent ownership acquisition by Qatari Diar gave the opportunity to reconvert the main building into a new hotel with retail offert and to extend the scope of works to the adjacent streets and spaces improving the public realm in this unique location.

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Within the conservation area of Mayfair, the proposal takes in consideration the historical significance of this Grade II listed building together with its relation with Grosvenor Square, originally designed by William Kent and being one of the most famous city squares in the UK.

A more pedestrian friendly environment is created improving accessibility and correlation with the surrounding urban setting


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As a Grade II listed and one of the most important Garden Squares in Mayfair the proposal seeks to emphasize the original setting of Grosvenor Square Gardens, creating greater areas for pedestrians and improving the links with the surround perpendicular streets.


Masterplan for 30 Grosvenor Square with improvements on the western side of Grosvenor Square Gardens.

Existing building is protected by a Portland Stone Glacis

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Existing London Plane trees around the perimeter emphasize the strong geometry

The proposed re-established connection to the west of Grosvenor Square would follow an orthogonal alignment integrating the broader network of streets and improving the pedestrian permeability and entrance to Grosvenor Square Gardens.

Remove of glacis facilitates access to building and integrates surrounding public realm spaces

The original setting/location of the Portland Stone Glacis around the perimeter of the building is marked with a stepped access line and the western side of the square is open to traffic.


Holding the corner / entrance


The perceived geometry of Grosvenor Square Gardens is applied to the corner spaces having in consideration the location and orientation of the current historical and listed elements and creating green spaces around them. This helps to hold their position and provides an inner place for people to dwell.

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Responding to a geometry

Physical and visual permeability

15 30 Grosvenor Square always had a strong historical connection with Grosvenor Square Gardens where other external monuments were erected during the post-war period. The listed elements were relocated for specific places which follows the current configuration of the square and the location of relevant existing trees were carefully analysed and kept.


Tower Hamlets, London Client: Land Securities

Thomas More Square 16

Thomas More Square is located near St Katharine Docks, a space with an exclusive and very distinctive character. The vision is to create a rational and cohesive public realm offer for two squares (Arrival and North Square), reducing the perceived private and corporate character of the space and inviting more people to enjoy these inner areas.

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There is also scope to improve the arrival gateways enhancing the interconnection between these courtyard spaces and the outside.

17 The redesign of the North Square responds to the main pedestrian flow and also provides a warmer palette of materials

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The symmetry layout responds to the strong architecture lines of the space.

This formal arrangement and the planting selection frames the main building.

The raised planters of the north square offer seating areas and pedestrian permeability access between them.


The material palette creates a subtle colour gradient from the centre to the edges of the North Square inviting people to dwell in the core of the space.



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paving to intensify towards the centre

feature seating frames the central space

raised planters to balance hard and soft spaces

tree planting to create a more human scale

Completed at the beginning of 2016, the space now offers a more integrated public realm area that clearly improves its current use. The material quality and richness along with the incorporation of more greenery enhance the identity and add a sculptural character to the site.

Granite planters construction detail.

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The arrival square benefits from daylight and provides enclosed seating spaces.

The north square at nigh time.

Existing sculptural element was strategically relocated.


Lighting was incorporated around the planters.

The planting palette varies between the four planters on the North Square.


Malmรถ, Sweden Client: Vasakronan

Malmรถ Visioning Study 22

This study focused on improving and redefining a series of spaces along one of the key pedestrian routes to access the city centre of Malmรถ.

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Connecting a series of squares, full pedestrianised streets and canal front areas, all these proposals seek to give a proactive response to the challenges that the areas outside of the city centre are facing nowadays.

23 Triangeltorget, a key space with active frontages, which holds many public events, is decluttered and the influence of the carriageway reduced

A general urban analysis of the urban environment was made to prioritize public realm strategies.

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Major green spaces & character analysis

Major urban spaces & character analysis

Pedestrian orientation

Improving the pedestrian crossings and reducing the existing width of the streets will facilitate the pedestrian flow through the space. Triangeltorget square boundary

Activate building frontages

Unify surface treatment

Increase pedestrian area reducing carriageway


Bird’s eye view over Triangeltorget looking North East.

Maximise views and circulation

Redefine vehicular movement

This new spine to central Malmรถ comprises a variety of spaces such as squares, streets, canals and green spaces. The design proposals were focused for areas that required a more immediate intervention.

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St Johannesplan



Sรถdra Fรถrstadsgatan


minor improvements

major improvements

intermediate improvements

aspirational improvements

Central Station Malmรถ

Triangeln Station


Gustav Adolfs Torg


St Johannesplan

Norra Vallgatan

the standard “spine� paving Play activity carpets are located in strategic points along the route. They offer not only opportunities for informal play but also spaces to seat and to increase social interaction.

the thresholds (junctions)


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the activity carpets

Wavy multi-functional play feature with incorporated tree pits.

lighting integrated in the paving

Flexible platforms are created to provide public spaces to play and relax.


An unified water experience with pedestrianised promenade, steps with water features and floating platforms is provided along Södertull.

Bird’s eye view over Södertull looking North West.

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31 the promenade along the canal animated with active frontages, outdoor seating and water features


Abu Dhabi, UAE Client: Aldar Properties

Al Mashtal 32

In a city in constant development and expansion, the masterplan for this quarter in Abu Dhabi was designed combining the existing orthogonal city grid with an important east-west link that cuts through the space and creates important focal areas along it.

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The fluid and naturalistic adopted layout is influenced by wadis and the role of the water on the creation of these topographical and unique forms, characteristic from dry and arid climates.

33 the eastern gateway with water features and shade structures

The city grid of Abu Dhabi can be interpreted on a series of modern and historic grids that define the current urban layout. This grid interface was used as a principle to establish a strategy for the proposed masterplan.

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Hard spaces on both East and West gateways

Soft landscape intensifies towards the centre

Water features culminates in a central wadi



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The western entrance of the “urban wadi� with feature seating elements and shade structures.

The water by itself is a key driver along the east-west link and a cascade has been designed in order to flow the water into the central oasis. This feature will be playful and dramatic using roughness shapes to create texture on the water’s flow.

Conceptual sketch for the cascade



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The central oasis is a lower level space with kiosks, outdoor seating areas and exuberant planting. A bridge will connect both North and South sides of the central axis.

Cross section along the oasis space

Bird’s eye view over the oasis space

A specific and unique line of street furniture was designed for the space reflecting the fluid lines of the scheme.


seating + planter system

only seating system

seating + tree system


Porto, Portugal Academic project

Levada Linear Park 40

The creation of public space and regeneration of key areas in this small city, Rio Tinto, has been in debate between the council and the local community. For consecutive years, the river Rio Tinto and its requalification was not part of the political agenda. The most important water course of the city has been intubated in some sections of its route, conducting to unpleasant scenarios and putting in risk the health and safety of the local habitants.

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This proposal aims to regenerate the water course and its adjacent spaces improving water quality through some sustainable and integrative natural approaches and also creating new public green spaces.

linear pathway and adjacent glade space offer opportunity for both passive and active recreation


The regeneration of this water course and its adjacent spaces is seen by the majority of the population as one of the most important interventions in the city, which will increase the life quality of local people and visitors and attenuate environmental issues that the city faces nowadays.

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3d model of the Rio Tinto watershed

A series of retaining walls on natural terraces along with the root system of proposed trees will help to reduce the risk of erosion.


private allotments

Rio Tinto

green public area (linear park)


natural strategies for visual impact reduction

Baixa de Sto Antรณnio Garden


University of Aveiro Aveiro, Portugal Academic project

Aveiro Green Infrastructure 44

Aveiro is a city that suffers from a dispersed and non-cohesive urban growth, which has been contributing significantly to the current unbalanced distribution of public spaces and the lack of connection between them. Given its urban-rural transitional character, with the presence of many expectant and agricultural areas, Aveiro has the potential to create a more integrated Green Infrastructure which will better serve and improve the life of local people.

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This proposal aims to study this potential by applying methodologies and interventions in key spaces that can requalificate the existing urban environment.

Sports Complex of Beira-Mar

Aveiro City Park Fonte Nova Garden

(proposed new agricultural park)

Cidade dos Vazios (urban expansion)

Infante D. Pedro Park

45 The proposal includes a new Urban Park - Aveiro City Park and a new city quarter - Cidade dos Vazios


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A proposed new park near the main arterial highway of the city will create places for active recreation and act as part of a green belt for the city core.

Visual mitigation of major road with proposed street trees.

Typical road section which provides a visual green buffer on one side and visual permeability on the opposite side.

Field margin strips follows a multi-stratified edge that creates a natural buffer for the agricultural crops within the agricultural park. These species are specifically selected to attenuate pest attacks.


_08 MPA Park Ikea Zabrze 48

As part of an associated shopping area, and in a city with a rich industrial heritage and a unique topography the project aims to complement the shopping experience by providing a strong leisure destination.

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A broad range of spaces are provided leading the visitors through a journey that combines modernity and history through a series of paths along a dramatic landscape.

Zabrze, Poland IKEA

49 The linearity of the main pedestrian access is reflected on distinct areas of the park

A strong linear bridge connects the shopping mall with the central terrace. This central terrace provides a meeting place for visitors, offering panoramic views over the park and is animated with water features and planters.

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Conceptual sketch illustrating the main visual axes over the park.

Bird’s eye view over the meeting place looking north. This space will be the meeting place of the entire park animated with a broad range of temporary events.


THE MOUND Masterplan illustrating two of the main features of the park. The Amphitheatre and the Mound.

The existing mound is a topographic feature that will be kept. The creation of an elliptical path around it will provide accessibility for a proposed top terrace.


The amphitheatre is strategically located taking advantage of the existing topography and sun exposure. This place will accommodate major events and can be turned into an ice rink on the winter.


Douro Valley, Portugal Academic project

Alto Douro Wine Region 52

The landscape of the “Alto Douro Wine Region� is a classified area, famous for its viticulture tradition and considered, since 2001, World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With a unique topography Alto Douro is the oldest regulated and demarcated wine region in the world and is an important historical landscape that clearly reflects the way it has been shaped by man-made interventions over time. However, many of these changes had some less positive impacts on the landscape and ecological character of the region.

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By interpreting the influence of some planning policies adopted in the past, this proposal shows new alternative models of managing and maintain this distinctive territory, protecting its special character within an integrative perspective.


Using GIS (Geographic Information System), a series of natural and anthropic factors were analyzed, combined and manipulated in order to give us a better understanding of the actual conditions.

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land use map of the existing valley

The strategy behind the existing planting disposition of the vines is a historical mark of the influence of some past events on the region such as the pest attack of Phylloxera sp. in the mid 18th century.

A planting scheme was defined in order to provide a natural low maintenance strategy for the valley contributing to protect endemic species and to reduce the visual impact of inconsistent areas.

Continuous disposal vines


Post-phylloxera terraces

Pre-phylloxera terraces

A visual assessment was made on site analyzing the visual strength of ridges and secondary valleys of this particular landscape.

_10 miscellaneous

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The following section shows some material from other relevant projects I was involved in.

31 London Street, Paddington - London Redevelopment of the entrance of one of the biggest intermodal train stations in central London.


Kingsgate Gardens, West London A modular garden on top of the underground tunnel

Amersham Vale, South London Studies for residential edging typologies in Amersham Vale, South London.


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The main courtyard space with a central lawn.

A playground area with grass mounds.

Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi, UAE A competition for the city’s most important historic site where the oldest fort of Abu Dhabi is located.

Landscape and Environment


People and Natural Identity


Cultural Heritage and Values


Technology and Progress


The design rationalized the two different grids in the city.

Incorporation of shade structures with interactive digital screens

Mayfair and Belgravia, Streetscape and Public Realm, UK Commissioned by Grosvenor Estate to redevelop public realm areas within one of the most exclusive and everchanging areas in London I was part of the team responsible for the preparation of concept, developed and technical design for a series of different public and private spaces comprising streets, squares, mews and also areas around notorious developments within the Estate. The next illustrations show studies about the incorporation of a new key cycle lane in Central London.


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Two-way opposite cycle lanes

Contraflow cycle lane

Paving materials Interfaces and build-up studies

Raised granite kerb with granite channel


Yorkstone slabs

Granite setts



Daniel Oliveira | landscape architect | 2016

+44 (0)77 7407 4800

Daniel Oliveira - Landscape Architect - Portfolio 2016  

Compilation of landscape architecture works

Daniel Oliveira - Landscape Architect - Portfolio 2016  

Compilation of landscape architecture works