It is within the ideological framework of the Modern Movement that Gonçalo Ribeiro Telles and António Barreto affirm that a decisive aspect in the project of the park is “the naturalist conception of the architectural character of the building”. Naturalist, because it bases its image “on the interior needs”, its own natural functioning [i].
The garden design would also express its own functional logic: that of its natural processes and those dictated by its purpose as a garden.
[i]January 4, 1961, Minutes 188 of the meeting of the Delegated Committee – Eng. Lobato updated the delegated committee on the development of the activities of the team of architects in charge of preparing the headquarters and museum project. He informed them a complete revision of the preliminary draftwas carried out, in accordance with the recommendations of the Consultant Architects… On the other hand, he explained that the study of the façade was less advanced, since the new processes of architectural work have been followed, meaning that the façade will be dictated by the needs of the interiors, in contrast to what used to be done.Regarding the façade, he could say that all the technicians are in agreement that it should be sober, dignified, and representative of the institution … although it should be, from the architectural point of view, of our time, it won’t be anavant–gardebuilding (…). He also informed the meeting that acoustic measurements had already been made in Santa Gertrudes Park, the first to be carried out in Portugal, in order to determine the necessary protection measures in our future installations against external noise. (…) Concerning the progress of the work, Mr. Lobato predicts that the preliminary draft will be delivered next March to the Lisbon City Council and that the construction of the underground car park will begin next summer (…) Finally, Eng. Lobato confirmed that all facilities should be ready by the end of 1964.”Folder 112, Proc. 95, vol. 1B.
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