Set Model – Team A – Contest
In the competition phase, Team A, the winning team of the competition was assisted by the landscape architect António Facco Viana Barreto.
Viana Barreto considers that his collaboration is due to the fact that in 1959, together with Álvaro Dentinho and Albano Castelo Branco, he developed a Root Fixation System [i] for the terraces of the Hotel Ritz designed by the architect Pardal Monteiro. This knowledge and experience proved to be of the utmost importance for the underground parking roof of the Calouste de Gulbenkian Foundation. The winning team proposed that this roof be not just a break in the park, but part of it – a continuity. The challenge was now bigger for António Barreto because new variables emerged, namely the size and slope of the roof. To the problem of root fixation were added problems of drainage and accumulation of water, creating adverse conditions for the green roof.
António Facco Viana Barreto was called to respond to a specific problem that was a fundamental theme of the proposal presented. This fact announces the role that landscape architects would play in this whole process. They would develop the design of the park, but would also demonstrate their competence and innovation in solving specific technical issues.
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