Material Strategies

RTP/RPD Studios [concrete_dematerialized=glass]

Project: R.T.P. / R.P.D. Studios, Lisbon

Architect/Designer: Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos


Featured material:  Glass (printed glass facade)

The RTP/RDP Studios offers a remarkable example of concrete and glass as building volume composition and as a dynamic material transition.  Architect Frederico Valsassina designed two minimal and simple volumes to house programmatically the project’s studios and administrative offices.  These two buildings seat on an abstract shaped green surface making them appear disconnected from each other allowing a sculptural perception at first sight.  However, inside this green buffer is where most of the circulation and support spaces occurs between the studios and offices.  The composition of studios (concrete), circulation and support (topography/underground), and offices (glass)  creates a dynamic juxtaposition of transitional spaces and the relation between exterior and interior.  Making the volume program inseparable from each other and the building surfaces dematerialization from concrete to glass.  Glass is composed…

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