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Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Buildings – Lisbon

Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Buildings – Lisbon

Construction: 1969

Architects: Ruy Athouguia, Pedro Cid & Alberto Pessoa

Brutalism is often considered harsh, cold and unfriendly. Indeed when it needs to be, it can be. Sheffield Magistrates Court for example stands like a menacing concrete fortress, complete with its own drawbridge. With the Gulbenkian however, we see Brutalism’s softer side. The structures are situated around the small lake at the centre of Gulbenkian Park and are surrounded by lush greenery. Plantings on the buildings themselves help them blend into the surroundings. Large concrete slabs form paths which wind through tranquil woodland to connect the buildings. The resulting effect is almost picturesque, with the concrete structures resembling blocky rock formations rising from forest floor.

Calçada do Combro Car Park – Lisbon

calçada do combro Car Park – Lisbon

I looked for this car park on Calcado do Combro on a Twitter recommendation. I eventually stumbled upon it at twilight on my last day in Lisbon. The poor light and the fact that half of the building is covered by a large advertising hoarding meant that I was unable to get as many good shots as I would have liked, but the beauty of the building still managed to shine through. The concrete construction is tempered somewhat by the soft blue tiles which cover the vertical projections on the facade, allowing it to blend in seamlessly with the older surrounding architecture. Hidden on the top floor of the car park is a delightful little roof terrace and small bar populated by some of Lisbon’s numerous hip young folk, where you can sip a cold beer and take in the fantastic view of the historic centre.