Developed as studios for Portugal’s public service broadcasting company RTP, these three individual buildings have been realised by a Lisbon-based architect Frederico Valsassina. Surrounded by an extensive green space, the development comprises two monolithic concrete volumes (studios) and a printed glass-clad building which houses offices of administrative services.
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‘Alongside the bumpy “natural” surface, 3 “artificial” and different volumes are therefore articulated, apparently disconnected from each other, which relation seams at first sight purely sculptorical, whether because of the position which one of them occupies as for the forms they take. The green appears as a link between the “pieces” in presence, acting as a dynamic element from the voids created between the volumes.
‘The volatility of the Media and the image speed are translated, at the object level, through concepts which define it: mutation, movement and dynamism. To the toughness and neutrality of the concrete volumes (studios) opposes the dynamics of the partially printed glass facades (administrative services) and the ductility, disguised by the ivy, of the metal (technical services), underlining the abstract character of the intervention.
‘Functionally it results as a flexible structure, seen as a whole, as it contemplates the physical proximity between the existent building and its expansion, assuring the interaction between these parts through two unleveled underground passages, and allowing simultaneously the autonomy of each one of them, in case future conditions will demand it.’