Pedestrian Link Between Largo Do Carmo Terraços do Carmo



This project, resulting from the Plan for the Chiado area, defines a pathway that makes the pedestrian connection of the so-called courtyard B, accessible from a portico in Rua Garrett and from Rua do Carmo by stairs, to the intermediate platform adjacent to the southern door of the ruin of the Church of the Carmo Convent and to the new platforms on the back of the Church of Carmo, called the Carmo terraces

The structure that connects the courtyard B to the intermediate platform, adjacent to the south door of the ruin of the Church of the Carmo Convent, is a set of walls and slabs (interconnected and braced) that guarantees, by itself, the stability of all platforms on its back.

The definition of the constructive phasing for its execution was of particular difficulty, given that the stability of the different platforms throughout the construction, has to be guaranteed (even if only temporarily) at all stages of the process.

The structuring of the new public space in the back of the Church of Carmo, involved the demolition of a series of buildings that were part of the GNR General Headquarters for the constitution of two paved platforms, joined by a ramp, one on top of the wall keeping the existing quota and an upper platform that implied the lowering of the land to the quota that is thought to be the original quota on the back of the Church. 

It also includes a metallic staircase connecting the terraces to the church platform and the execution of a lift crossing the massif on the back of the Carmo wall which will make the connection between the level of Carmo Street and the terraces.

All these processes were conditioned by the singularity of the pre-existing buildings, the preservation of heritage, the need for consolidation and relocation and the presence of numerous archaeological and anthropological remains.

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Location: Lisboa
Client: Câmara Municipal de Lisboa
Year: 2015