“Pecas de cidade, pedacos de rio” “City parts, river pieces” by Italian team: Lorenzo Majer, Anna Merci and Marta Bianchi
The Jury praised this to be an accurate reading of the different moments of the city on the riverside, translated into the project as two moments, the Quay and the River Park. A strong value was placed in the good relation to the city fabric; the surroundings are emulated, with basis on a graphic grid. The clarity of thought is felt across the whole intervention. The strategy of the public path as a grid mainframe, helps intertwine the otherwise scattered program along the riverfront. The Jury team felt that this was a somewhat static proposal, made rich and dynamic by the incidental water level variation, which it fruitfully engages and integrates.
From the author: “Looking at the transverse river perspecti¬ve, the intervention is part of a network of open spaces, which includes the gre¬en versant of Fontainhas sector that has the vocation to become a park. This net¬work forms multilevel gardens that cross through Porto, linking the upper part with the lower part of the city attached to the river shore. The project is composed by a series of public spaces on different frames: one is given by a fixed mineral base - in conti¬nuity with Cais da Ribeira and by a com¬plex of floating platforms that gradually diminish towards East. The structure of the project adjusts to the city’s public spaces hallmarks - such as height differences, retaining walls, and ramps - adding value and redefying the relationship of Porto with water.”