Marquês de Pombal

Marquês de Pombal – Description / text

Marquês de Pombal square is arguably Lisbon's concurrency point. Here converge the historical city and the modern city, the built and the natural, the central and the metropolitan. The commemoration of the fourth centenary of Vasco da Gama's arrival in India in 1898, the battle for the establishment of the Republic in 1910, the celebration of the Euro 2016 win, all took place here. The geographical and symbolic relevance of this place would be in the mind of Arch. Carlos Ramos when he designed the square as a large roundabout, subjugating the building masses to an effectual traffic design. The buildings' facades are modern yet grave, generic yet monumental, in a sustained balance that survived various times and uses.

The relocation of companies to other areas in the city, as well as a change in the real estate market, which went on to privilege luxury housing over other uses, led our client, who had just acquired buildings 12 and 13, to consider the change of use from offices to hotel and serviced apartments.

Our feasibility study indicated that the building would suit the new use, which would include a small congress centre and a SPA in a magnificent underground technical space, perfectly. Nevertheless, the brief was so exceptional that there weren't enough benchmarks in Lisbon, and finally the client chose to keep the offices, with minor adaptations.

The fourth centenary of Vasco da Gama's arrival in India (1898)
Marquês de Pombal's monument (1915) – Adão Bermudes and António do Couto



Lisbon, Portugal
2014 - 2015
Built Area
13536 m²
Site Area
1080 m²

Vasco Correia and Patrícia Sousa
Sebastien Alfaiate