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ORT FOL IO Luís Ferr eira







Rua Dom Frei Rodrigo da Cunha, 153 1ºD 4465-737 Leça do Balio _ Matosinhos Portugal +351220140068 +351963441418



Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto No. 030201061 September 2003 - July 2007 (4 years)

Professional experience

Edigaia imobiliária, S.A. . Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal) Professional internship September 2008 - March 2009

Politecnico di Milano No. 720170 September 2007 - July 2008, 5th year, by ERASMUS student exchange protocol

VA studio . Oporto (Portugal) Internship for admission in Order of the Architects Portugal January 2010 - July 2010 Câmara Municipal de Espinho . Espinho PEPAL (Professional internship program at Municipal Council) internship May 2011 - May 2012


Software Autodesk Autocad . Autodesk VIZ . Autodesk 3Ds Max . Autodesk Revit Architecture . Sketchup Pro Rhinoceros . Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator e Indesign . Microsoft Office Languages English (C1) . Italian (B1) . Spanish (A2)


collective housing Boavista . Oporto



pool and gym Carcereira . Oporto



Edigaia internship

leisure and sports resort Ras-Al-Khaimah . United Arab Emirates


urban planning

scenic stage

Abu-Dhabi . United Arab Emirates

Milan . Italy

2007 Beginning ERASMUS in Milan


master thesis urban planning in United Arab Emirates

2009 conclusion M.Arch.



VA s t u d i o i n t e r n s h i p

renovation competition

open-source competition

high school competition

municipal market

collective housing

Massarelos . Oporto

Accra . Ghana

Sesimbra . SetĂşbal (Portugal)

Ermesinde . Portugal

Moscow . Russia


2010 1st. prize

Freelancer works

office refurbishment S. Mamede Infesta . Oporto

2011 first built work


artistic installation GuimarĂŁes . Portugal

2012 awarded and built



2011 conclusion Order of Architects internship

»on the right, plan

//Planning_Organization On the first phase of the exercise I designed the volumetrical and spacial organizaN

tion of the place in study, carrying out the prior demands in terms of the built area. The strongest ideas in the project were the street stretching to East, creating a road at the middle of the site, the creation of a big central public space and the green park behind the longest volume.


collective housing

»renders_general plan and perspective

The surrounding buildings’ heights and morphology





shaped building as the ending for the low density typology at East and the singular volume that rises next to the “Foco” surrounding buildings, as their alike. »east elevation

Planning III

//Development At a second phase, the singular volume was developed, with multiple vertical acess. The eight-floor building turns itself to the main public space of the intervention, in a facade with big openings, while, at the same time, featuring the expression of the vertical access volumes. From the West side, I highlight the bottom aluminium skin of the building, ending on both the more punctuated pattern of this elevation and the introduction of ceramic materials. The solution for the habitation module came by the aggregation of 2 and 3 room apartments,



6 5

with the exception of the south elevation,


where 2 and 4 room apartments are joined.


7 5 6 Âťrender west side



North and South facades. I draw attention for


Âťmodule plan 1_lobby 2_living room 3_kitchen 4_laundry 5_bedrooms 6_bathrooms 7_exterior spaces

//Urban context The area in analysis is mainly characterized by intense road traffic, since this block, latter terminal for vans and buses, is surrounded by Sidónio Pais avenue, one of (one of the main traffic rings of Oporto). The site has an irregular form and its dimension is huge regarding the dimension of the asked program.

//Concept [Water vapour Be submerged Do not see clearly] CARCEREIRA_PORTO

pool and gym

the entry/exit points of the city from the VCI

It’s a one piece building volume, arousing people’s curiosity for its translucent nature. Almost a strange object that appears in the city, the volume is easily accepted as an equipment, but not quite easy as a pool and a gym.

The volume sits on the center of the site, controlling the space. On an effort to overcome the volumetrical scarcity of the place, a 65 meter side square with leaning rooftop rises. The building reaches 7,5 meter high, a reasonable but not excessive height for this kind of equipment. Besides, these dimensions have to do with the dominant surrounding heights. The granite pavement and the white concrete walls, together with the trees, compose the exterior landscape. The long L-shaped wall/bench announces a path to the building entrance. In sum, it’s a building that gains a dofied place of the city. A volume that shows its skin but hides the interior.



minant character in a very disquali-

Planning IV



pool and gym




section A


There’s a clear sectorial organization inside. Each side of the building is associated with a function - pool, fitness room, multipurpose rooms and locker rooms/services. All these zones face the courtyard, an element of great functional flexibility, whether as an exterior athletic practice zone in sunny days, or as a bar extension, this one inserted in the courtyard in small volume, constituting an exception regarding to the global intervention. Along courtyard’s perimeter the pavement allows air circulation for the technical floor, located beneath the whole building area. The building’s inner circulation is done by big perimetral courses. The monotony of same is broken by successive events. The structure and the modulation of the building were important aspects in its definition and inner organization. The whole piece appears like a multiple of 5. From 5 to 5 meters the structure shows up. All the rest gets organized by the subdivision of 5 meters, the most wide corridors have 2,5 meters, the width of the space of the quay is 22,5 meters, the width is of the rooms is 10 meters. The structure served also in the definition of the window panes for the patio: 5 meters of width for 2,5 of height.

Planning IV

//Internal zoning

section B


urban planning

in red_general intervention area

//Location 54°35’46.57’’E

//Goal Interpretation of a previous plan_ plan city’s federal zone_ dimension _ 3 x 1.7 Km

southeast Abu-Dhabi

Regarding the Brasilia and Washington examples, both presented a straight axis where more or less the treatment and result of public spaces leaded us to a certain monotony. Thee aim in this plan was to escape from that single direction, presenting a dynamic axis, where public spces were succeding one after another with always diferent characteristics, shapes and sizes. sizees. Enclosing this dynamic axis, the most important buildings such as federal buildings, parlament, the mosque, were growing.



Landscape design

//Concept The acknowledge and constant reformulation of what could be the axis which would provide the connection between Abu-Dhabi and the site was the greatest generator of the plan.

//Proposal The plan went through much experimentation, especially regarding to the main axis. The road network configuration, its interrelation with the water system and consequently the organization and definition of public space over the territory were the key points for further definition of the entire plan. Functionally, residential zones (orange in the picture), the embassies and the mosque (in purple) appear along the axis, such is the case of the mosque or the towers corresponding to the 7 Emirates. This kind of density is located in the central part of the territory and is embraced by the public spaces of greater dimensions - the balance between buildings and open spaces was also other cor


key aspect on the plan development.


urban planning

and government area (in blue) were distinguished and separated. The most important buildings

The purpose on the water use in the present plan is sustained on the idea of making a way for the water to arrive at a most interior spot of the new city, as well as use it as a public space qualifier. The channels appear in the plan as continuing the already existent tears of water, assuming each one of them a diferent character and roles, as being a channel itself, a narrow decorative water course, a water mirror that surrounds an important building or even transfor-

The water will not only have a leisure and decorative role. To remark is the way that the central channel ends - in a water treatment station that futurely will serve the population.


ming itself in a big park lake.

Landscape design

//Water system



scenic stage

[place_] The proposal for realization of a scenic stage in one of the busiest places in Milan was faced with some reservations, since it was not intended to break the normal functioning of the central station with any kind of physical barriers. The intention was to create something ephemeral that could draw people’s attention.

[proposal_] The chosen place was “ Galleria delle Carozze ”, a covered atrium that precedes the entry in the station. Its whole interior was wrapped by translucent screens/canvas that, supported by a metal structure, were 2 meters away from the Galleria stone walls. In the same material, some cylinders were created, this ones descending from the Galleria’s ceiling to spectator’s height.

//general proposal plan

//above_longitudinal section inside Galleria_ below_model photos

//Virtual [concept_] All this intervention would not become a scenic space without the actors contribution. The base concept of the proposal is movement – interaction – reaction. The central station is a place of movement, so, the actors are dispersed on the platforms of the metal structure behind the canvas, go down inside the cylinders, reach the spectators, the show starts.



//transversal section

The game between reality and fiction was another important bet in this experience. Behind the screens/canvas, besides the actors, there are also projectors that give life to the scenery, projecting also other actors, these ones virtual, which fool and create doubt to the viewers’ minds and attract even more their attention, creating surprising and unexpected effects.

Scenic design

//above_renders below_transversal section



RAK sports city

in collaboration with architect Tânia Gama

Area 1\\residential, hotel and offices [Building_1] It is a building that is developed horizontally, with four floors, supporting five towers (tower A, B, C, D and E). The building is extended in the site, creating a winding curvature that is developed and interconnected with the square. In terms of its insertion, the ground floor of the horizontal volume is voided, with 3 floors above that are supported by buildings’ structure. The towers are located punctually along the building above mentioned, in a way all their tops face the square, each one having its own height. This altitude difference, combined with the pitched rooftops in 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3



towers A, B and E, emphasize the central tower of offices (C), higher. The tower C is embraced by a building (tower D) in a more private zone of the square, following central square orientation reference. [Building_2] In everything similar to the building 1, this one is a mirror from the first. The building serves the same purposes of its alike his in terms of support and framing, facing the square. In terms of program, the building includes labor zones, offices and rooms for meetings. Being brought near its boundaries, the F and G towers rise to give answer to a program that contemplates collective housing. In the centre, 2 twin volumes (towers H) give shape to the great hotel.

general plan 3D

south elevation

edifĂ­cio 2

edifĂ­cio 1


general plan . scale 1.5000


\\Materials Zona 2 H

The outside look of the building 1 will be


Zona 1

characterized by the employ of concrete, glass and metal. The concrete will be used through C


snaking cantilever bodies, with the purpose of creating shadow, window-sill and at the same time to promote an aesthetic language in the building.



The glass and the metal elements are also present on the facade, hiding the air-conditioned boxes, in cantilever elements. Built in concrete and glass, the tower C grows, in a first phase, with these two materials, establishing a relation at aesthetic level with the surrounding residential buildings, then

residential and shopping mall

stadium and gymnasium

5 star hotel

residential towers and main square

taking the shape of a glass volume, which ends with a flat rooftop. The towers A, B and E will have the same outside aspect as seen in the building 1 as they will be given the same type of materials, though the metal tone will be different in these cases.


case of the metallic grids, and interpolating with the

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\\Typology [Building_1] With 339 apartments distributed by 3 floors, the building 1 has a total area of 45846 m2, divided by: ground floor – 22 apartments, with an area of 3398 m2; first floor – 105 apartments, area of 13764 m2; second floor – 106 apartments, area of 14342 m2; third floor – 106 apartments, area of 14342 m2.

general plan 1st floor . scale 1.2500 elevation

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13o piso

14o piso

15o piso


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proposal updates

Area 2\\shopping, sports and residential centre

renders_first proposal

Concept [desert dunes] The exterior walls of the mall present an angle less than 90o and multiply in several plans, providing bigger shade for the interior, which the natural light reaches through the zenithal voids between the same plans (see section in the sketch on the left). The floor slabs are dragged and reach the front facade, where they are converted in circulation platforms and shading elements. A long glass curtain bursts in the entrance zone, inside out, like an organic revelation in the interior

renders_final proposal

of the skin made by travertine.

[shopping mall] It will be based on three floors; the ground floor level will have a supermarket, a storage zone for loading and unloading, an ice track, a lounge space including a bar, anchor shops, satellite shops and the respective complementary zones that a shopping mall should offer. The first floor level will be intended for satellite shops and anchor shops as well as the access to the air-conditioned seats of the stadium. In the second floor there are satellite and anchor shops and a catering zone, in which the users can enjoy views for the stadium. In the rooftop there is a leisure zone based on a pedestrian course that will be featuring different types of pavement, garden and watercourses.

Area 2\\shopping, sports and residential centre

partial axonometry . typologies


interior sketches (above) exterior space renders, including access passageways

[residential] The dwellings in this building start from the 3rd floor and have very specific characteristics – they include only T0 and T1 typologies and are able to answer the different demands for each type of user, in other words, they will be able to have both a temporary and permanent qualities and possibilities. The access to this building is made by two independent entries that are located at the ground floor level and drive us to the 3rd floor. Then, the accesses to other floors (3rd to the 12th floor) are made through the elevators and staircases that are already in the middle of the building, connected to the passageways, The latter

give straight access to the dwellings, benefiting on the outside from some elements like green spaces and artificial waterfalls. The main materials on the facade are the glass and the concrete. In the middle, the passageways will be made with metal structures. With 1080 apartments distributed by 10 floors, the building K has a commercial total area of 62909 m2, each floor having 5719 m2.

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sketch . facade proposal

O Golfo de água doce (≈The fresh water Gulf) urban planning in United Arab Emirates


Master thesis

[Abstract] Both architectural and urban practices in some Arab countries have been revealing an exponential growing way and also a degree of wonder that no one can disregard. Among all nations in the Arab League, a country emerge from its great achievements, especially in those fields - the United Arab Emirates. With an oil sustained economy and ruled by a neutrality stance facing all conflicts that happen in its neighborhood, this 7 emirates federation reclaims its independence in 1971 and soon takes the economic growing path, supported by its natural resources wealth (oil and natural gas) and total openness to the rest of the world.

In a timescale of three decades, its territory sees itself dominated by the desire to show the world its wealth and potential, its cities build themselves at a frenetic pace, moved by the ambition of its governors in placing the Emirates on the global scene. The adoption of the modern language in their cities was believed since its ruling origins as a requirement for its worldwide recognition and so for the external investment catching. Dubai, the most mediatic city, also known as a superlative city, becomes an oasis for the catching of that kind of investment, tax free and providing a familiar lifestyle to the occidental expatriate/tourist, tolerating his vices. Abu-Dhabi, the oil soaked capital, has a more contained development at a first stage, only recently joining Dubai in the mega development and commercial openness phase.

Today, the social and ecologic echoes of an exponential urban growth pace based on the adoption of architectural and urban languages alienated from the social and climatic country’s reality are being felt. Non criticized urban strategies and Guinness Book mega developments captivated world attention, but were also them (and their subjacent strategy) that contributed for the social segregation atmosphere that dominates the entire country’s territory. Both in the labor or touristic field, the United Arab Emirates economy and development was since its origins supported by the expatriate population sector. Nowadays, the expatriates constitute somewhat 80% of total country’s population. The greater part comes in search for some wealth, staying always for a certain period of time. Likewise, the Emirates acquire a virtual demography condition – expatriate

population will leave without looking behind at first sign of trouble. The climatic context was also neglected, the generic modernism that rules great parts of these cities forces an unmeasured waste of resources – the excessive energetic spend on cooling spaces and the extreme water consumption that some structures require are components that place the Emirates on the top of the list of countries with the biggest ecological footprint, which leads to some alerts and reprehensions by the international community. Recently, there’s a positive sign on engaging all those issues by the government, shown by planning approaching that includes the city’s whole and their different social layers, by probably more efficient economic diversification strategies and by serious

Will the United Arab Emirates follow the path leading to its territory and regime sustainability?


Master degree

incursions in the use of renewable energies.

left_pre-existing Museum building right_conceptual model


Tram museum

\\Concept The leading main lines from the current museological

concept. This creates a dynamic composition that re-

structure denounce an orthogonal rigidity which is the

flects in the creation of fluid spaces, associated with

generator of a complex spatial/functional separation.

human movement.

These geometric constraints were allied to the need to find a formal balance that would unify the spaces

The projected space thus begins to emerge as a

and release them simultaneously, whilst respecting

consequence of a set of intentions and programmatic

the heritage value of pre-existing Museum building.

solutions. Allied to the natural/ intentional ambiguity, the expositive route is shaped, featuring a set of in-

The waterline, fluid matter in the innate gesture of

tentional distortions that interlock each other, marked

the conquest and adaptation to the territory, has ge-

by moments that offer us different emotions, directing

nerated the basic concept, in the sense of adapting

them gently by a kind of sensorial mesh in a type of

itself to the spaces and unify them through its natural/

sensitive dynamism, never breaking down from the

organic quality.

continuous space line.

The organic element, in the form of a heterogeneous matter, is confined to its own body limit and takes on the abstract definition when modeling the original

foto montage aerial view


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plan floor 0 . scale 1.1000

south elevation . scale 1.1000

1. a opção foi criar uma nova linguagem abstracta que contrastasse com a ortogonalidade espacial do Edifício do Museu do Carro Eléctrico, sem nunca pôr em causa o seu valor enquanto edifício, memória e património.

2. the water line was the inspirational element that has allied itself with the desire to create an organic element, unifier of the pre-existing space. This element, existent in the surrounding of intervention, is characterized, above all, by the capacity to adapt to the spaces that where it


Tram museum

passes, by the non-intentionality of his gesture and the ease with which this fluid matter conquer territory.

3. we combined to the initial concept the human wants and the programmatic needs by introducing a compression / fragmentation / aggregation in the creation of dynamic spaces, intensifying the natural constraints and safeguarding the pre-existing space. above_proposal images with and without the pre-existing coverage below_section A . scale 1.750

4. the design of our constructive proposal creates a membrane around the entire intervention. This option led to the creation of a “skin” that surrounds the entire area proposed to unify it, as happens in living organisms - snake.


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plan floor 1 . scale 1.1000

exploded axonometric







Tram museum


intentions / programmatic solutions. Always articulated with the conceptual ambiguity (natural and intentional) and the main programmatic intention - to create an expositive route - our intervention has led to a The projected space emerges as the result of a set of

body of heterogeneous density.

section B . scale 1.750




plan floor 2 . scale 1.1000




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audiovisual room



locally and the construction does not require skilled

well as the climate control. Departing from here, the

labor, ensuring a construction available to everyone.

“Home Coverage” was generated, in which coverage

The main objective of the project was to improve the

defines an area of family life protected from the hot

living conditions of the Ghanaian population through

African sun.

housing, while also promoting the development, sustainability and confidence in the local population,


taking into account all social, cultural, technical and

The spatial configuration of “Home Coverage” arose

technological aspects.

functional system

vernacular house

The materials used (wood and bamboo) are available

very important role in defining the housing space, as

total housing area


concept evolving

The coverage of Ghanaian vernacular house has a

spatial configuration

from the reinterpretation of the concept of local family - the relations established in a shared outdoor space, the patio, which in turn is related to the interior of the house, running everything as a whole. With an external image defined by the nature of its material/skin, the bamboo, the house shifts on the inside.

sunlight exposure

Open Source House


sistema grelha




2 rooms + double living area

3 rooms + double living area

4 rooms + double living area



section B . scale 1.200


5 rooms + study area

plan 8 person typology . scale 1.200

7 rooms + lounge area

10 rooms = 12 persons

north elevation . scale 1.200

section C . scale 1.200


6 rooms + dining area

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Modular system

els made the house flexible, allowing different spatial configurations generating various configuration op-

2 rooms

my home my family

base typology

tions. The expansion of the basic typology of the house only takes place inside, with the addition of new panels. For economic reasons, both the structure and coverage are fixed elements, allowing residents the possibility of future development, reorganizing the house

2 rooms

3 rooms

4 rooms

5 rooms

6 rooms

internally through the addition / subtraction of panels.

To build a 10 room typology it takes

Typological evolution 6 bellows panels

19 window panels

9 door panels



The structure defined a grid system, removable pan-

28 fixed panels

Open Source House


\\Modular system

Services Living area Rooms

8 rooms

largest typology

7 rooms

constructive process

bamboo skin

solar protection rainwater ventilation


To build the “Home Coverage�, we chose to use the largest possible number of natural elements to ensure the rational use of resources to build, light and ventilate the house, as well as reduce the environmental impact and the use of polluting energy . The materials used are environmentally friendly, since they are taken directly from Nature, recycled and reused. In addition, a process has been studied in order to store and reuse rainwater.






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climatic scheme


Europan schools

conceptual scheme

\\Site The location for the future school is a pivot point between the urbanity built in Quinta do Peru (North) and

Thus, through the reinterpretation of the place, we

the mountain range - woodland - which allows more

pledge not to compromise these two opposing rea-

favorable views over the Serra da ArrĂĄbida (South).

lities, studying a viable process for the design of our proposal.

This site, of relevant interest, stands by marking this transition assuming a dual role.

Continuing with the study done to the area, the project for the school of Quinta do Peru is based on the con-

On the one hand, to the north and east the land fi-

nection between these two distinct worlds - natural

nishes off the urban spread, characterized by being

and built – which, in this case, communicate openly.

straight and orthogonal, systematically interrupted by green spaces that enliven the built environment. On the other hand, the south and west, we enjoy a natural, beautiful landscape that imposes itself by its immensity and greatness over the territory.

aerial view (photomontage with model)

aerial image of the pre-existence green spaces built urban space

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to the left_plan at floor level 35.00 . scale 1.2000 to the right_west elevation . scale 1.1500




Europan schools




connections scheme at level 43.00

\\Concept Since we intervene in a pivotal place, where green

clivity - more or less pronounced – whether or not

space outweighs the built space, we used the analo-

allow the entrance in the school. The volumes are

gy of a natural element - a mountain - predominant in

converted into natural and intentional boundaries,

the surrounding intervention. The principle underlying

providing space for contemplation on the slope and

the whole project appears from the will to attenua-

the coverage of the latter, either by the inner part of

te and at the same time assume responsibility as a

the land (access to students) or by the public space

transient place, which inevitably presents itself as a

(open to every citizen).

scenery / landscape confining a territory. The study carried out to determine the location and Grabbing all the advantages that a natural element

configuration of each volume resulted in a formal and

can provide, we shape the land and the location of

spatial dynamism that responds to a series of ques-

the constructed mountains in accordance with the

tions from the educational to cognitive point, since the

programmatic needs and spatial experiences that a

resulting spaces allow the inter-relationship between

school requires. The very mountain volumes bound

the community and school, a natural environment

the field of intervention which, according to their de-

where everyone is invited to get involved. volumetric studies

acoustic\\ventilation control

solar control

solar\\ventilation control


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thermal and acoustic behaviour

section A . scale 1.2000


to the left_plan at level 39.20 . scale 1.2000 to the right_north elevation . scale 1.1500


Europan schools





\\transformation and development of the site to the proposal

\\Social and recreation spaces Since the volume 1 (see plans on the right) is characterized for its physical and symbolic centrality in the school campus, we decided to concentrate most of the activities and social interaction in this space.

plan volume 1 . scale 1.1000 level 35.40

level 39.20

level 43.00

level 46.80

At floor -1 (level 35.40) this volume contemplates the multipurpose room, the student association, the school store and the student core, with the aim of directly linking this whole program with outer space for recreation and socializing. The permeability of these spaces invites users to enjoy these freely, fostering a sense of community and informal learning. Since all circulations in the school building meet in this volume, we pledge the crossings of all users in this core of social meeting.

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section B . scale 1.2000


to the left_plan at level 43.00 . scale 1.2000 to the right_east elevation . scale 1.1500


Ermesinde market

\\above_photographic records of the road and pre-existing market \\below_satellite photo with delimited area of study

\\Context The study area / intervention falls within the core of a block in a dense urban fabric of the town of Ermesinde, characterized by a disordered and disqualified urbanism, where the structural equipments appear on random locations, reflecting the lack of a proper urban planning. The site, located on the outskirts of Valongo county and bordering Maia municipality, is supported by some facilities which can aid in its dynamics, such as the Railway Station, urban park Dr. Fernando Melo, Cultural Forum, Church of Ermesinde, Social Center and shopping center MaiaShopping.

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\\Insertion The intervention in the territory has its starting point in the equipment market/fair, target of an urban renewal operation through: - installation of new retail space - transforming streets into pedestrian ones - increasing car parking offer


The urban space is the unifying element of the different functional benefits, providing more human scale pathways, a more direct contact with the functionality of buildings and urban facilities, as playgrounds and amphitheaters. N

In the market it is assumed to be fundamental to revive the tradition associated with it, giving rise to a new concept of living space also framed in the ambition to rejuvenate the economic activity of the area.

\\above_project model \\left_insertion plan . scale 1:2500 legend 1 . market 2 . fair 3 . playground 4 . commerce/services/housing 5 . market square 6 . stage/events zone 7 . amphitheatre



ful coexistence. Yet, when framed and reorganized, forms a business core resulting in increased supply and attraction of



potential clients from different types of markets.

starting point - is the outcome from an orthogonal modeling effort associated with a tridimensional morphology of the fair tents, embodied in the fragmentation of the building and the slope of the roofs, creating a


Formally, the intervention in the central space - the

spatial dynamic that brings together the various functional spaces. Socially, the intervention aims to humanize spaces through a more direct interconnection with the population, approaching the scale of buildings to the human scale.



Ermesinde market

social economic dynamic that has not always peace-


The articulation of Market - Fair - Shops provides a

attracting investment + business modernization + dynamization of urban space

\\Framework It was possible to propose new placement both for the Market building and Fair square, reframing their position regarding the surroundings.


The inner block setting is redesigned, assuming the existing street as structuring, reducing its profile and giving it one way traffic movement that connects with the surrounding roads.

\\above_rendering from market building and its front square \\left_some photos related to the main concept


Fundamentally, this street, the “Market Street�, will have a unifying role on the set, linking together di-

\\below_elevation C (including both market and fair)

the pedestrian roads nearby and the urban surrounding.

The Market Square seeks to articulate the urban space and the market building, establishing a strong relation market/street/fair, opening the market to the street and to the population.


fferent spaces and establishing a relationship with

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\\The Market Formally, the market building consists of three pa-


Ermesinde market

rallel volumes which, transversely attached, form a whole, creating a set of plans and spaces that are mutually interconnected. The coverage, associated with the appearance of the tents, sets a kind of dynamics that together with the white concrete elements and the perforated metal sheets shape the image of the building. The interior spaces are formed in direct correlation with the exterior shape of the building, reflecting the slopes of roofs and perforations on the plans through the passage of exterior sunlight. Developed on the ground floor, the market sets a strong relation with outer space.

\\above_plan market volume . scale 1:500 \\left_section market volume . scale 1:500 \\at left above_exterior and interior renderings from market volume, respectively

The Fair Square aims to be a multifunctional space that will fit the spaces of the fair in the urban structure. A main fundamental mesh was designed, which, associated with volumes and coverage structures, distributes the places of fair dealers through space. This modeling allows to qualify the space with supporting facilities such as lighting fixtures, fixing elements for fabric, shading and suitable areas for waste that will benefit the use of space. In addition, it is also proposed the creation of infrastructure common both

\\left_plan of fair setting . scale 1:1000 + photo of the model \\above_rendering of the fair’s space

to fair and public space as wash basins, drinking derground parking. Strategically, it is proposed the insertion of four spaces for shops/restaurants.


fountains, toilets and the vertical access to the un-

\\below_concept schemes for the volumetric development of fair setting





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\\The Fair




A101 Urban Block

\\organic form

\\geometric form





open space




visual deformation vertical development

distance optimization

\\above_axonometric view of the intervention \\below_concept evolution @ formal, volumetric and programmatic level

The modular plugging construction - Lego - emerges

specific requirements of the program, and the evo-

as the active ingredient in the project design, provi-

lutive character of the floors developed, providing a

ding a variety of formal compositions, either through

switch between the use and omission of typologies

an organic pattern, based on a relation between Na-

that create a porous building, leading to its own archi-

ture and Man, or in a geometric pattern, based on the

tectural dynamism.

relation Construction - Man. The intervention strategy relates with the distinction between public and private space, resulting from the

The challenge of breaking with the formal tightness, organizational and interpretative of traditional urban blocks led the project to become an interactive object, in the sense of allowing an additive/subtractive construction regarding the needs of each client and site-specific conditions.



\\above_plan ground floor of the block . scale 1:1000 + north elevation . scale 1:1000 \\right_rendering exterior view of the block

OA internship


exterior view of the block


A101 Urban Block

. tallest facade facing HIGHWAY

. commerce facing MAIN


. public space is given to the CITY

. symbiosis between garden and PARK

\\Insertion [Adaptation _ Variation] The program clearly refers not only to a Russian

The chase of this flexibility helped actually to

park) and at the same time shifts its commercial

context but instead calls for global urban coverage,

the arrival at final solution, since volumetric and

functions or simple squares, on ground level, to

whose response to that would clearly be an asset.

programmatic factors were progressively shaped to

benefit the city in which is inserted.

In this sense, the program proposes right from the

meet these different contexts - the volume increases

start a study on a possible integration of the proposal

or decreases its height regarding to the surrounding

in four urban contexts - highway, main road, compact

area (highest to block the freeway noise, shorter and

urban area and city park.

permeable to allow communication with a possible


energy production

\\above_ilustrative schemes regarding project’s sustainability premises \\left_plan block 1st. floor . scale 1:1000 + east elevation . scale 1:1000 \\below_rendering interior view of the block interior view of the block

rainwater collector

green spaces



natural and crossed ventilation

OA internship

initial volume


Pierre-Fabre office

\\Program The project to renovate the facilities of Oporto delega-

distribution of different rooms and services was not

tion of Pierre Fabre Dermo Cosmétique was reques-

consistent in the previous model, as it generated pro-

ted in order to upgrade the image of the training room

grammatic incompatibilities.

and work spaces, somewhat dated, and create new functional relationships and benefits that would contribute to the best use of the space. After contact with the older solution, two main objectives became clear, guiding the intervention: enhancing the entry of natural light – since the space is set on level 0 of a collective housing building and limited to the natural light that entries through the openings on its facades (one facing the street and another at the back facing farmland), in other words, only at the ends of the interior space; ensure continuity and functionality of both the space and program – the



\\above_plan of proposal + section C . scale 1:200 \\left_photo of the corridor \\on the other page_photo of the training room


Pierre-Fabre office



The foundation of all the intervention is based on a

The use of polycarbonate, although limited for budget

path, an undulating corridor, which was thought not

reasons to the room entrances, was crucial, allowing

only as a circulation and access space, but as an

exterior light to enter into the rooms. Regarding

essential void to a program that is condensed into it

artificial lighting, the corridor curviness and continuity

at different moments. The route, touching both ends

was addressed and reinforced through plans of

of the interior space, creates visual communication to

indirect light that wave, following the design of the

the outside and thus provides the natural light. On the

space. In the training room, two bright ovals are cut

right side are located, sequentially, the entrances to

in the ceiling, conveying the character of exception

the offices, the treatment room and training room. In

that this one must have. The contrast between the

turn, on the left side were grouped the services and

black carpet and white walls in plasterboard were

several cabinets to support training in a continuing

explored in pursuit of a clean, almost laboratory

curved body punctuated by small niches, each with

visual, in accordance with the ideals and image that

its own specific function, from a single seat or a place

the company wants to convey.

to put the printer to the toilet and bar entrances.



\\above_section B . scale 1:200 section F . scale 1:200 section D (left) and section E (right) . scale 1:200 \\left_photo of the corridor \\on the other page_photo of the offices/meeting rooms


P O P - U P spaces

Pop-Up spaces competition . Guimarテ」es ECC . 2012 . awarded project \\Context As a part on schedule to Guimarテ」es - European Capi-

ning this interaction into a future memory of who visi-

tal of Culture 2012 - the POP-UP spaces competition

ted Guimarテ」es by this time, providing a reinterpreta-

aimed at producing art installations that could move

tion of a particular cultural and educational message.

through the city, offering something unexpected, whether it is a service, or a product, or simply some-

Thus, it is proposed a reinterpretation of the city that

thing creative and disruptive.

allows experience it in an innovative and fun way,

In the present work, it was the intention to design so-

which would improve its readability and accessibility

mething not expensive, able to gather the attentions

and promote the bond between historical and con-

and reactions to anyone visiting the city streets, tur-

temporary elements, both for visitors and residents.

\\Inspiration»Objectives an interaction through the eyes is required, inviting

body is separated and lives momentarily distinct reali-

the participation of people, the involvement of com-

ties, seemed to us a very interesting starting point. By

munity, thereby leveraging more vivid ways of crea-

placing the head in a “hole,” the person “leaves” the

ting new memories.

body in the background reality and the head engages a completely different scenario.

It is appreciated the great sense of memory that History has, proposing new ways of looking at the pre-

It is intended to limit the field of vision forcing us to a different interpretation of space around us and

sent and dreaming of the future.


The images that refer to this “magic box”, where the


Create introspective moments | share moments | education moments | discovery moments | creative moments


P O P - U P spaces


\\above_chosen materials scheme \\left_plans individual and collective boxes \\below_section showing boxes interior


The project, entitled as FRAME BOX, consists

In response to the specific needs of the Guimarテ」es

of a tubular steel structure wrapped around in white

ECC program the city Guimarテ」es itself, the location

screen and its main purpose is to allow the observa-

of Frame Box was bounded to a specific zone of the

tion of one or more monuments from a central point

city, the area of Couros.

in the city. This structure gives us a new framework of

This is an area located in the historic core, once an

these monuments.

important center of manufacturing activities from tanneries in Guimarテ」es. With the change in the manu-

People who walk by are invited to enter inside the Frame Box through a slot in its base screen at the height of 1.40 m above the ground. Inside, the viewer is limited by the view of the screen all the way around, which is cut at a strategic point in order to create a framework for a particular point of interest nearby, in the exterior. The experience is completed by sentences printed in the screen that refer to what the viewer is looking at.

\\left_exploded axonometric view of the box \\below_boxes elevations

facturing processes of tanning and the consequent disappearance of this core of activity in the city, the area of Couros suffered a progressive desertification. Then comes the opportunity to introduce, with Frame Box, an awareness about how certain areas of the city were important in its historical context. Therefore, three Frame Boxes are introduced in strategic locations in this area of the city, with the intent to be observation points and, together with other temporary projects like this, to commit towards the revitalization of the urban core.


BOX “...let the compass of curiosity guide us through the Couros neighbourhood, where men transfigured in primitive servants move their hook sticks, plunging and revolving fresh hides in the pools, rasping and greasing them on platforms in their mills.”


BOX Here, “I can see the weird and tough image of the leatherman standing in the flow of the river Couros, water up to his knees, holding the hook for the skins soaking or tanning labour.”




“Finally, let’s step inside the mills,

where a bitter tannin smell meets us and immediately connects us to the chemical science of that primitive laboratory where animal skins are transformed and prepared to be used as raw material in various industries.”


Luis Ferreira Portfolio 2012_ENG  

Works 2003-2012

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