GRAPHISOFT is proud to announce an honor achieved by Portuguese architects competing in the annual ArchDaily Building of the Year Awards. The designs made using ArchiCAD finished with high marks in the competition.
In the Hotels and Restaurants category, Luis Rebelo de Andrade and Diogo Aguiar won the ArchDaily Building of the Year Award for their Eco-Resort design in Pedras Salgadas, Portugal. The designers created a resort made up of a set of seven small houses that blend in perfect harmony with the surrounding outdoors.
Each home is unique in its own way, but are varying combinations of the same three modules. The system is designed as a modular pre-fabrication – one that is flexible enough to adapt to the specific spaces within the park, creating different lay-outs and dialogues with the outdoors, occupying the empty spaces between the trunks of large trees. The pitched roofs of the small buildings redefine the contours of the park boundary and result in comfortable yet dynamic spaces. The slate tile shell façade used throughout the design is a nod to local construction traditions, while the wood slats used in the balconies create comfortable, rest areas.
ArchDaily finalist Louisinha Arquitectos won praise for their design of the MPA building in Porto. The MPA building is situated in an old industrial zone of Porto and the architects chose to use steel and dark-colored plaster to acknowledge the setting’s past. There is a school, offices and retail areas within the mixed-use building.
A dental clinic in Lisbon, designed by Pedra Silva Architects, qualified as a finalist in the ArchDaily awards. The architects worked to design a healthcare facility that embraces the social and human side of healthcare facilities. The clinic is made up of two very distinct environments: the clinical space and the social space. The clinical space aspires to convey confidence and calm in the patient by using mainly white materials. The social space was designed to offer patients relaxation and comfort as a means of distancing them from the clinical mindset.
GRAPHISOFT congratulates all the architects who created such wonderful designs with ArchiCAD software. Their innovation and imagination is inspiring and deserves celebration!