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Landscape Design in 1960’s Lisbon

P1010600The Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon is a beautiful example of the symbiosis of classical modernists architecture within  the landscape of an urban park setting.  The routes throughout the surrounding park highlight the light and shade, hard and soft, liquid and dry within the planted framework of the building. The surrounding area , once a zoological park, provide a  brilliant contrast to the modern (1960’s) concrete of the foundation buildings and gallery.






Unidentified Ship


The route through the various park areas is delineated,  and emphasised by the concrete paving.  These in-situ concrete platforms reference the construction of the buildings whiles their informal ‘scattered’ placement provides a route that is functional but suggests a more fluid route.




















P1010597The paving, seating, lighting and waste bins are of the same material.  It is worth noting that the ‘Shuttering’ of the paving platforms rotates by 90 degrees at each change of level,  a small detail that plays a significant role in reducing the apparent ‘weight’ of each platform.


This project was desgned by the Landscape Architects -Antonio Viana Barreto and  Goncalo Ribeiro Telles









P1010599The two internal planted courtyards are elements which influence the atmosphere of the internal spaces with their colour, light, pattern and variation.

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