Control and coordination center
|location||São Domingos de Rana|
Just after the toll gate on the highway to Carcavelos, among the complex of buildings that comprise Brisa's - Auto estradas de Portugal, lies the new Control and Coordination Center. The rectangular prism, intended to be low, elegant and light, gleams brightness and reflects the sun due to its cladding of solar panels on the east, south and west facade. The panels also cover the roof as a means of optimizing the energy requirements of the building. They produce hot water and are totally responsible for the conditioning of the facilities. The apparent technological character induced by the modular multiplication of the panels, occludes the north facade, entirely clad in dark volcanic stone. This stone retains humidity and promotes the growth of moss and lichen. Along this long and dark wall, extends a small and concealed parking lot, punctuated by trees. The continuity of the stone wall is slightly interrupted, creating the entrance on an unexpected and luminous patio.