DESIGN TEAM: TOPIARIS with Olavo Dias, Sérgio Sousa & Gonçalo Santos (Architecture), FTD - Pedro Delgado (Structural Engineering), Carlos Neto de Carvalho (Scientific Coordination) and Desenharia (Communication Design).
PHOTOGRAPHY CREDITS: Pedro Martins
LOCATION: Castelo Branco, Portugal
PROJECT DATE: 2016
COMPLETION DATE: 2020
AREA: 40 Ha
Wan awards | Urban Landscape category | 1st prize -GOLD | 2020
The Architecture MasterPrize (AMP) | Public category | 2020
LOOP Design Award | Honorable Mention in the Landscape | Parks and Open Space category | 2021
Geoconservation Award | Winner | 2021
Best Ecological Structure | The International Ecotourism Society | 2021
Barrocal is a 40ha of transitional landscape between the city and countryside. With elements of geological, archaeological, and natural value Barrocal is integrated in UNESCO’s Naturtejo Geopark and in the Tejo / Tajo International Biosphere Reserve. It is located on the outskirts of the city of Castelo Branco, two-hour drive away from Lisbon. The landscape character is determined by – and named after – the presence of huge granitic natural blocks with very particular shapes. The roughness of this landscape protected it from urban development, allowed for the preservation of its natural character. Over time, it become a sanctuary for wild fauna and flora.