Rua Costa do Castelo is a road that surrounds the hill of Castelo de São Jorge at a level significantly lower than that of its walls, so the buildings that face onto the road often have green spaces behind their upper floors. The gardens, with sloping levels, cover the spaces between the built volumes and the walls of the castle to variable depths. Continue reading Bak Gordon
The Lisbon waterfront is an outstanding environment which is the setting for numerous work and leisure activities. Cultural and tourist attractions bring many visitors to Belém, and they need supporting infrastructures.
This bar/esplanade is built like a garden house with a skeleton in painted reinforced concrete, under which the areas of activity are set out. To avoid a shut-in space with an added terrace, the construction includes a small enclosed area just 60m2 as well as two esplanade areas totalling 100m2.
Glazed elements separating the interior and exterior can be completely removed, thus enabling the various areas to function as one continuous space. The pavilion’s geometry and the way it was built create an environment that is open to the river as well as an intimate atmosphere under the roof. Continue reading Bak Gordon
In Romanshorn, a small town located at the Lake Constance in Switzerland, a centrally located educational, sports and leisure campus is developing. At its entrance one finds the building complex of the secondary school. The new construction replaces two outdated buildings and links future and past developments. Together with an existing building from the year 2000 it forms a spatial and functional unit, while a new gallery along the entrance façade creates a connection with the existing building positioned on the opposite side. Its compact design and orientation leave room for future developments at the campus entrance, occupying a minimal footprint of the site being made available by the client. Continue reading Bak Gordon . Bernhard Maurer
If we were to refer to one of the most distinctive marks of the city of Padova in terms of its urban structure, it would be inevitable to account for a network of covered porticos/galeries that organize the routes and open up to define square spaces, public places of community convergence.
This network of gantry cranes and empty spaces lends the city and its urban environment a unique atmosphere in which the public space offers itself more comfortable, and where urban life gains an intimate character and an almost domestic taste. Continue reading Bak Gordon
The project consists of four small buildings designed to contain the service facilities in the new coastal Albarquel Park: an information pavilion, boat club, cafeteria and restaurant. Drawing for inspiration on boatbuilding and playing with the archetypal form of the hut, each building is characterized by a different interpretation of the pitched roof that helps distinguish it from the others. The French windows, screened by large wooden shutters, when closed tend to merge with the facing material, so making these similar buildings yet more abstract. Set each on a low concrete podium, the four pavilions have the simplicity of children’s buildings, except that when examined closely they reveal sophisticated details. The materials, standardized and easy to procure, appear literally transformed by the colorful setting in which they are immersed, in equilibrium between art and architecture. Continue reading Ricardo Bak Gordon