Lagoa Comprida’s glacial erosional landscape has remained since its origins in a high point of Serra da Estrela, a place that has been only drawn by its rocks and water. No human activity far from the dam has ever taken place among its valleys, and a hickers path is currently the only way to get in direct contact with its nature.

The baths proposal embrace that nature, using only its water and concrete -no longer than men tamed rock. It is a minimum presence volume emerging from the rocks, between the original path and the lakeside, where light joins materials to shape its interiors.

The proposal gets divided in two by the approaching path, a point that performs the transition from landscape to human scale. Then appears at one side dry stays for resting after enjoying the other side: the baths; a descending enclosed space only penetrated by light, that offers an aperture on its lowest point, with a subtle separation from the rocks where it was born. A point that makes the visitor understanding the lake, creating a direct inside- outside relation when the it offers one of its walls to create an unique outside pool diffused with boulders.


architects: Sevak Asatrián, Álvaro Olivares, Esther Sanchis, Eduardo Sancho  |  client: ArkXsite  |  status: Competition (2015)  |  competition: Baths Lake Site in Serra da Estrela  |  clasification: 1 rang  |  location: Sierra de la Estrella, Portugal (40.359591, -7.627003)  |  climate: Mediterranean, Temperate  |  material: concrete  |  environment: Riverside  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: medium  |  types: intervention, landscape  |  views: 6.611

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