IST - Social Action Pavilion - PMA
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IST – Social Action Pavilion

Superior Technical Institute of the University of Lisbon


The Master Plan for the IST facilities’ Improvement and Expansion, estimated the construction of several new buildings, being of special relevance the Civil Engineering Pavilion, the “North Block”, located between the Electricity and the Mechanics Pavilions, the “South Block”, located between the Chemistry and Mines Pavilions, the “Science Building” and the “Post Graduation Building”.

Alongside these larger impact ones, there was also a plan for extensions of the Masters Building (former factories) and the pool area. This last one is designated as Social Work Pavilion, since it hosts, besides the facilities related to the pool, the IST’s social work facilities.

With this Project, a new building element was created, were the new required facilities are incorporated, covering: various Social Services, sports and supporting facilities and the pool’s technical facilities

Aesthetically, a line guiding towards the symmetric design was chosen, in the North side (completed in 1992), to which corresponds the creation of the main element, following the architectural formulation of the former facilities, connected to the present pool element by another with a current look, entirely glazed, that incorporates the top floor which, with this connecting element, is behind the Rovisco Pais Avenue’s plan.

In this new building, that is an extension of the former one, the project allows for two floors above the ground and one as a semi basement, finalised by a partial occupying the coverage central area, allowed as long as they do not exceed the present building height.

Outside, in the parts that are a replica of what already exists, the same complements were strictly applied. In the central area, the large glazed panel is supported by an aluminium structure.



Instituto Superior Técnico

Universidade Técnica de Lisboa


Afonso Henriques’ Lane


Constuction Area:

1050 m²






Overall Project of a building constructed in the IST’s enclosure, incorporating the Pool extending element, intended for the AEIST’s sports facilities and institute’s social services, as well as for the pool’s technical facilities.



– Manuel Cottinelli Telmo Pardal Monteiro – Architect

– João Cottinelli Telmo Pardal Monteiro – Architect

– António Pedro Batista Pardal Monteiro – Architect

– Susana Duarte Raposo – Architect

– Rodrigo Moutinho

Foundations and Structure

– Paulo Reis – Engineer

Mechanical Equipment and Facilities

– Teprol

Water and Sewage Equipment and Facilities

– Grade Ribeiro – Engineer

Electrical and Telecommunications Equipment and Facilities

– Silvino Maio / Lacerda Moreira – Engineer

Safty and Fire Protection

– António Portugal – Architect