The award winning proposal for a new Healthcare Unit in Santa Iria de Azoia.

STª Iria de Azoia Healthcare Unit


In order to “lift” the building in the landscape, a hard and crude element was placed in the territory – a wall – able to adapt itself to the current landscape. The proposal aims to provide a building with good mobility, without using stairs or lifts so that the appropriation by the user is carried out immediately. This appropriation begins in outer space as the presence of the diagonal wall naturally directs the user to the entrance, demarcated by the reentrant volume on the main elevation. It is intended that the relation between outer and inner space be a constant, and that the scenographic and perspicuous effect is not restricted to the exterior, but extends into the inner space, creating a very close relation. The internal layout scheme is simplified and intuitive, generated around a central patio of great amplitude, that floods the interior space of natural light.


Location Stª Iria de Azóia, Loures, Portugal

Architecture João Lisboa, Marco Mirôto, Catarina Álvares, Lia Ferreira and Rui Miranda

Engineering Cefiprol – Certificações, Fiscalização e Projectos, Lda

Landscape Maria Telles

Client Câmara Municipal de Loures

Status Built

Date 2018 – 2020

Photography Francisco Nogueira