Porto, Portugal

  • Year: 1999-2000
  • Client: Abílio de Sá - empreendimentos Imobiliários, S.A.
  • Area: 21.923 m² (235.977 sqft)
  • Nº of floors in subsoil: 2
  • Nº floors above ground: 8
  • Composition: 76 housing units + 9 offices
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Category: Residential

The Aliança Building is located in the historic Rua de Santos Pousada, in Porto, and was created through the rehabilitation of the former Aliança Cookie Factory, as a tribute to the industrial heritage of this area of the city. Founded in 1874 and owned by António Joaquim de Andrade Villares, the old factory gave place to a housing complex consisting of T2 Duplex, T3, T3 Duplex and T4 Duplex apartments.

The implantation results from the block’s reinterpretation, creating fronts for Rua de Santos Pousada and Rua dos Abraços through two parallel buildings, which relate in different ways to the street. For Santos Pousada, the existing alignment was maintained through the facade’s rehabilitation, while in Rua dos Abraços we opted for the classic solution of a landscaped patio.

Consisting of a round vault with a two-floor height and aluminum blades, the architectural expression of the roof not only solves the technical volumes insertion problem but also gives the building a unique identity from the aesthetic point of view.