CLIENT CITY COUNCIL OF TORRES VEDRAS | LOCATION TORRES VEDRAS, PORTUGAL | YEAR 2016 | AREA 6960,00 M2
The new Toy Museum and City Library of Torres Vedras is intended to revitalize the historic centre of the city. An elevated Green Square gives rise to the building underneath as well as several public paths and green spaces. The proposal of a new street across the Green Square contributes for the building’s integration in the urban grid and insures a straight connection to the street of Celeiros de Santa Maria while framing the castle.
The Green Square and Street improve the urban space and define a new building that reintroduces the site in the network of public buildings. Two towers rise from the ground and activate the surrounding public space, representing the duality of the program – Library and Museum. The towers communicate with other vertical elements of the area such as the castle, the churches and the chimneys of old factories, representing a new benchmark of the city of Torres Vedras.