Parque Mayer

Lisbon, Portugal

Parque Mayer

Year – 2007
International Ideas Competition
Client – Lisbon City Hall

Location – Lisbon, Portugal
GPS - 38°43'07.2"N 9°08'53.0"W
Site Area / Area – 144.124 sq.m / 6.351 sq.m (Pathway Ring) + 53.533 sq.m (Buildings)
Budget – 109.239.116,00 €

Partners – Albuquerque Goinhas, Augusto Marcelino, Cristina de Mendonça, Luís Baptista, Nuno Griff, Pedro Patrício, Sofia Antunes

Landscape Architecture – José Veludo, Leonor Cheis, José Lousan (NPK)

Between Boundaries: An Atomic System


The project delves into the exploration and development of boundaries, including the Intervention boundary, the boundary of Parque Mayer, and the boundary of the Botanical Garden. It examines how these borders interact and shape public spaces.

On the periphery, the private program is consolidated, leading to a thorough cleaning and reconfiguration of the interior core. Along the garden boundary, a new walking path emerges as the quintessential public space, facilitating a direct and intimate connection with nature at a human scale.

The convergence of various systems, such as the ecological system (air, water, soil, fauna, and flora), the mobility system (pedestrian and vehicular), and the cultural programming system (museums, performance halls, rehearsal studios), combined with an intensified urban experience, contribute to defining a distinctive urban identity.

The transformation of Parque Mayer into a space that fosters artistic cross-pollination and transdisciplinary projects (theatre, music, multimedia dance, and visual arts) is particularly focused on education and informal gatherings. It aims to provide a platform for emerging artists and attract diverse audiences.

A key challenge of the proposal lies in empowering every citizen to transition from being a mere spectator to becoming an active participant, thereby enriching the essence of the new Parque Mayer.

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