Tourist Office and landscaping of Quinta do Aido, Cinfães, Portugal

Tourist office and landscaping of quinta do aido, cinfães, portugal

After the progress of the projects of the Library, the Auditorium and the Tourist office – all projects designed by CG+LSC office – it became evident the necessity of the design and development of landscaping that will bring definition, framework and access to all these buildings.

Tourist office and landscaping of quinta do aido, cinfães, portugal

Although the land where these buildings are implanted is largely delimited by pathways and therefore perfectly independent, the truth is that it relates closely with Quinta do Aido which is contiguous to it. Actually, both are part of an extensive and very visible hillside, which, with a new street and the buildings that are to deploy along its route, needed an urgent treatment to give the village of Cinfães a more qualified urbanity.

Tourist office and landscaping of quinta do aido, cinfães, portugal

The site where the Tourist office is build is a farm, north facing – as all Cinfães Village – which has excellent prospects on the Douro valley and a steep topography. Quinta do Aido, on the other hand, is the natural extension of this land to the west, with the aggravating circumstance of topography be even more complex, having a narrow and steep “valley bottom” that extends over large slopes with severe pending, difficult access and dense vegetation.

Tourist office and landscaping of quinta do aido, cinfães, portugal

The particular location of this new set, with special emphasis to the Tourist Office, is an opportunity to enhance and qualify space, while generating a symbolic and functional centrality.

The Tourist office seeks to articulate, in a complex way, the various spaces to which it relates. It defines an element which is enigmatic and gains importance as a place of urban interface and communication with the village and their visitors.

Tourist office and landscaping of quinta do aido, cinfães, portugal

The program is relatively simple. The entrance is high and at the bottom of this wide space we can find the employee`s desk.

This monumental piece, presented as an unequivocal sign of modernity, strongly illuminated, also marks its presence by color and its material, which is made of plate cut by laser, forming certainly a attractive element in the region.

Project Details:
Location: Cinfães, Portugal
Type: OfficesPublic
Architects: CG + LSC
Team: Carlos Guimarães and Luis Soares Carneiro
Landscaping: Jorge Maia
Photos: Pedro Lobo – Ana Neiva

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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