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Silvestre lands 460-home Lisbon competition

Former Henley Halebrown Rorrison architect Bruno Silvestre awarded 46-plot, hillside social housing scheme in the Portuguese capital

Emerging London-based practice Bruno Silvestre Architecture has won the international competition to design a 460-home social housing scheme in Lisbon, Portugal.

The one- to four-bedroom houses will be built on a west-facing hillside next to Lisbon’s main green area, the Monsanto Forest Park. The scheme consists of 46 plots, each 25 x 37m in area, arranged in rows up the hillside.

Former Henley Halebrown Rorrison architect Bruno Silvestre, who opened the north London practice three years ago, said the scheme ‘replicated the form of Lisbon’s historic urban centre’. He said: ‘There are no communal areas between the homes, but key to us is the creation of a pedestrian path up the hill which perforates the constructed mass, connecting to the green area at the top.’

The win is a fillip for Silvestre, who narrowly missed out on an RIBA Award this year when his Sintra House, also in Portugal, made it to the RIBA EU Awards shortlist. ‘It was a shame not to win, but we were surrounded by names like Zaha Hadid and David Chipperfield,’ said Silvestre.


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