Discover Torre 261, the latest residential building project by Just an Architect architectural studio. Located in Amarante, Portugal, the concrete building “rotates” its floors playing with light and shadows, and overlooking the Tâmega river. Finished in 2020, it takes the total area 950,00 m, with 6 apartments.
Its rotating floors are trying to relate to the various influences of the surroundings, taking the displacement to four distinct elevations that cause particular movements and shadows. It allows for a game of different experiences in each apartment, as well as different points of view in contact with the surrounding landscape.
The apartments are oriented to draw their circulations inside the floor, thus always leaving the façade area for the rooms, allowing them to be in contact with the landscape and integrating it in all rooms as part of the decoration.
The development of the building follows on the ground floor the angle that the plot describes to the source, starting from that point the twists of the housing body, assuming the body of vertical communications as the aggregating element that closes the street front of a regular shape, but with its visually permeable cladding material, it reveals the development of the building in the remaining elevations. The proposal is developed transversally to the terrain, allowing a greater use of the sun exposure as well as a lesser need for earth movement. – from the architects.
The form taken is based on an understanding of the place and its surroundings, and the ground floor seeks a more honest relationship with the ground at low level, assuming a regular basis in relation to the street front, and thus allowing that the other floors were reflecting the various influences of the surroundings, thus creating different framing points for each floor and the dwellings, thus giving them a unique and distinctive character, with each dwelling being an element with its own identities and characteristics. This play of volumes not only provokes distinct landscape framings, but also allows for unique outdoor spaces, as this space is always intimately linked to the relationship between the roof on the lower floor and the pavement slab on the upper floor. – from the architects.
Project name: Torre 261
Architecture Office: Just an Architect – www.justanarchitect.com
Main Architect: João Abreu
Location: Amarante, Portugal
Year of conclusion : 2020
Total area: 950,00 m²
Architectural photographer: Ivo Tavares Studio – www.ivotavares.net