Environmental Refurbishment of Warehouses / Industrial Buildings in Lisbon Coverted into Housing, 2012
Lisbon has a long history of warehouses and industrial building by the river due to the discovery era and trade merchandising. As time passed by, these buildings became less used and started to be in ruins, generating degraded areas. Every year an increasing number of cruises arrive in this city, full of tourists from all over the world to visit it. The view from the cruises is over the many hills with many buildings of national and international interest, and the old warehouses on the river front.
In addition, Lisbon is losing inhabitants, becoming less dense, especially in its coastal area with many warehouses in disuse. This problem can be addressed by taking advantage of the building stock and upgrading these areas by introducing new uses and activities. The research is focused on the environmental refurbishment of warehouses / industrial buildings and how they can be converted into housing. Consequently, it identifies constrains and opportunities on this refurbishment and use conversion.
This research can be subdivided in three main topics. The first is based on a site, climate and case studies analysis. It follows analytical work with thermal, energy, daylighting and artificial lighting studies. To conclude, a design proposal shows that it is possible to have free running upgraded building that provides good quality for the occupants and surrounding population. Key refurbishing strategies were defined in this research work.
The design proposal is drawn, providing systems that allow occupants to adapt to the climate conditions. The systems introduced allow for passive cooling and passive heating, while providing good levels of natural daylight for the tasks to be undertaken. For the occupants’ comfort good external views and the contact with nature also play an important role.
In collaboration with
Arquitectural Association - SED Programme