Foz do Douro, the magical place where the river merges with the sea, honoring the history and tradition of a people closely related to marine navigation, a private investor plans to build a new marina.
Installed at the edge of Gaia, this new equipment clearly exceeds its nautical component, creating a set of complementary services and activities, relevant to the economic and social value of the urban area in which it belongs.
The organization and hierarchy of this new space is achieved through the implementation of three new buildings.
A linear building, which stretches along the existing car park, defining the boundary between pedestrian and automobile, in balance with two perpendicular buildings that are suspended in the slope, linking paths at the highest level with the existing marginal route at the lower level.
Distributed by a two-storey volumetry, the longitudinal building integrates the reception, changing rooms, workshops, administration offices, secretarial, two training rooms, meeting room and a set of commercial spaces.
The two perpendicular buildings, also with a two-storey height, will be occupied by a restaurant on the first building and a spa/gym in the second building. Source by Barbosa & Guimaraes Architects.
Location: Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
Architects: Barbosa & Guimaraes Architects
Architect In Charge: José António Barbosa, Pedro Lopes Guimarães
Collaborators: Miguel Pimenta, Paula Fonseca, José Marques, Henrique Dias, Mafalda Santiago, Pedro Araújo, Frederico Roeber, Nuno Pereira, Marta Pupo, Ana Oliveira, Diana Bizarro, Filipa Ferreira, Carlos Ribeiro, Joana Carvalho, Joana Pinto, Tiago Sousa
Structural: Época, Lda
Hydraulic: Época, Lda
Construction Company: Grupo Mca
Work Director: Ricardo Barbosa
Site Area: 1.384 m2
Area: 2230.0 sqm
Client: M. Couto Alves – Marina De Gaia, Lda.
Photographs: José Campos
Article by Marco Rinaldi