#BeyondBuildings

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HOUSING AND SERVICES BUILDING

  • Status:
  • Size: 1.580 m2
  • Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
  • Year of completion: 2026

About the project.

A brand-new housing development called the Housing and Services Building was created to offer cosy, reasonably priced apartments to people and families in need of housing assistance. The home is conveniently located and provides a variety of amenities and services that are designed to improve the quality of life for its residents.

Story behind the design.​

The product’s development emerged from a deep review and re-evaluation of different technical aspects. Although the problem of insufficient parking was taken seriously, considering the importance of the ground floor small business, the ability to shorten distances or expand the basement meant everything was unsafe due to the close structures and sandy soil despite the intentions and all efforts to play as per the rules and provide enough spots for parking. However, finding free space in the neighbourhood stunningly showed it is enough to accomplish the parking requirements, solving the fear of an immediate parking solution.

Also, getting the necessary spots even for the restaurant on the ground floor was a challenge due to the need to comply with local laws. The building’s guarantee of one parking place per housing unit did not make it possible to accommodate the restaurant’s increased parking needs. As a result, a waiver of compliance was requested to bring the project into line with the pertinent municipal laws.

The plan anticipates future modifications to improve accessibility based on the needs of the inhabitants in addition to addressing current regulations. In addition, the project evaluated technical details like the restaurant’s BBQ extraction duct system to reduce adverse effects on surrounding properties.

Not only does the suggested approach outperform current systems, but it also accounts for future improvements that may be made in the specialist phase. Notably, the west facade’s elevation representation was refined to address balcony separation concerns, guarantee adherence to property boundaries, and improve overall design coherence. The concept seeks to comply with regulations, improve functionality for stakeholders and people alike, and blend in with the current urban fabric.

Added value.

  1. Options for low-cost accommodation for needy people and families accessible location close to transportation and necessary services
  2. All-inclusive assistance services, such as therapy and vocational training
  3. Community building programs aimed at promoting a feeling of inclusion and interpersonal relationships
  4. Features of sustainable design to reduce energy use and improve the environment