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Santa Cruz Civic Center

Building with wood, framing the sea
Santa Cruz Civic Center

The 2011 competition proposal for the Santa Cruz Civic Centre was intended to formalize a polarizing spot of social activities, with a balcony open to the Atlantic Ocean. Using concrete and wood as the main materials, the idea was to build a rational structure and a neutral envelope in order to allow for the potential changes in the program (we were guessing it would happen). We designed a tower that was at the same time the support for a strong poem of the great Portuguese poet Antero de Quental who lived in Santa Cruz for a while.