Lines of Torres Vedras Monument and Interpretation Centre

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Lines of Torres Vedras Monument and Interpretation Centre
From the will to promote and give new life to the historical landmark represented by The Lines of Torres Vedras, Lema Barros + Castelo Branco studio offers to the city of Torres Vedras (2006) this architecture project with which pretends to highlight both the city importance and The Lines. The Project consists in a Monument / Lines of Torres Museological Centre, which is focused on the knowledge and revitalization of the major military works enhancing the region’s cultural and touristic development. Concept | The interior of the building is composed by several spaces concerned to the study and interpretation of the Lines of Torres. The outside of the building stands as a monument to this moment of European History. Location | Implanted on the city north entrance, right on the top of Forca hill, the monument will become a new landmark on the urban landscape. This location, at one of the most advanced points of the Lines, allows its visibility from several locations of the city and forms a third vertex of the Choupal Park triangle, together with the Castle and S. Vicente Fort. Formal Expression |The structure, composed by a series of apparent unbalanced prisms giving a felling of insecurity and catastrophe, aims to bring into the visitors mind the war drama, being at the same time a hymn to the people’s who built and lived behind the Lines of Torres. The Outside Spaces | From the parking plot the visitor’s movements become strictly pedestrian. Beginning at the rehabilitate redoubt site or going around it, the gathering point is a ceremonial square in which the main element is a water mirror that reflects both structures – the Forca Redoubt and the Monument – depending on the visitor’s position. The main entrance is done by descending a stairway which tears the ground. The Interior Spaces | At the ground level, one reaches the foyer reception, under the built volumes. Around this space are located a library, computer room, reading / study room and other complementary spaces. From this level, a rising itinerary crosses the several exhibition rooms which end in the auditorium, after passing a terrace where one can see and read the Lines of Torres, with several of its most significant works, the surrounding landscape and its relation with the City.


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