Portuguese Design Centre (Germano de Sousa Laboratory)

  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Solution: Buildings
  • Type: Civic, social and religious
  • Architecture: Justino Morais, Arquitecto
  • Client: Centro Português de Design
  • Scope: Foundations and structures
  • Project: 1993
  • Construction: 1996
  • Photography: Rodrigo Cabral
  • Contractor: Engil
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Portuguese Design Centre (Germano de Sousa Laboratory)

  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Solution: Buildings
  • Type: Civic, social and religious
  • Architecture: Justino Morais, Arquitecto
  • Client: Centro Português de Design
  • Scope: Foundations and structures
  • Project: 1993
  • Construction: 1996
  • Photography: Rodrigo Cabral
  • Contractor: Engil
  • Ver no Google Maps

The building won an honourable mention in the 2009 Valmor Architecture Prize and was the headquarters of the Portuguese Design Centre, which was extinguished in 2013 by government order. In 2014, the building was acquired by the Germano de Sousa group and converted into the headquarters of the group's Laboratory Medicine Centre.

The building is characterised by a single structural block, with a basement and two upper floors. The supporting structural elements are the perimeter walls of the basement and a set of double reinforced concrete walls on the diagonals of the base square that defines the shape of the building's plan. On these supporting elements rest the superstructure made up of reinforced concrete beams and slabs, or pre-stressed reinforced concrete, depending on the length of the spans to be overcome. The foundations are shallow foundations, by footings.

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