IST - Civil Engineering Department - PMA
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IST – Civil Engineering Department

Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa

From the Master Plan

In accordance with the principles that guided the preparation of the Master Plan, the large buildings, intended for the Department of Civil Engineering and the Postgraduate Courses, were located on the western periphery of the premises, along Rua Alves Redol, where, in fact, the building of the Interdisciplinary Complex with its own architectural expression and different from the existing one, was already situated.

The creation of these two new buildings posed problems that were difficult to solve, as the programmes to which they had to respond gave them a dimension that inevitably imposed them as a new group of buildings with their own characteristics and concordant presence.

In view of these circumstances, it was decided to

– Develop them on either side of the large staircase that, on this side, gives access to the IST, maintaining this as the important element that it is in relation to the perspectives from Av. João Crisóstomo.

– To achieve an architectural expression, translated through the common arrangement given to its façades, that would mark at this end of the enclosure the presence of a new set differentiated from the initial one, integrating the existing building of the Interdisciplinary Complex.

– To achieve this without exceeding the height of the Central Pavilion, as a way of not interfering with the perspectives of the initial group of IST from not only the side of its Central Boulevard but also those enjoyed from the viewpoints of the Monumental Fountain, located at the opposite end of the Alameda Afonso Henriques.

– Finally, to implant them in such a way as to maintain the wall and fence of the enclosure, an element to which emblematic characteristics are attributed, especially for those who circulate in the surrounding arteries.

The Project

The solution proposed in this project for the new facilities of the Civil Engineering Department is based on the following volumetric conception:

Establishment of a floor (Floor 0) covering the largest part of the available land, roughly levelled by the street bordering the Central Pavilion on its western side, a level where the area of exterior terraces represents a significant percentage of the total;

Creation above Level 0 of two bodies of the building, parallel, developing in the North-South direction, and defining an intermediate space functioning as a large central vestibule with mixed indoor-outdoor characteristics, in that it will present great “Transparency”, resulting from the glazed surfaces on the roof, at the tops and at Level O that will visually interconnect it with the outside spaces;

Intense occupation below Floor 0, with development in conjunction with the marginal plan of Rua Alves Redol.

This volumetric conception will correspond to a distribution of services conjugated with the characteristics of the consequent spaces.

The elevated bodies, with four large façade surfaces (two external and two partially internal and partially external), will be occupied by various classes, facilities for the eight sections and nuclei/research centres and light laboratories with low ceilings for both teaching and research.

The O Floor, as the main entrance and vestibule floor, will be occupied by directive and administrative services, the museum and the buffet, in the areas closer to the entrance, and will have, in the farthest areas, an extension of the classes of the upper floors.

The lower floors will have very different occupations, ranging from an extension of the teaching areas – classrooms and amphitheatres – to warehouses, workshops and services requiring very specialised facilities, such as calculation, audiovisual and documentation and information centres and, as an important component, the heavy duty laboratories; at the bottom there will be a floor reserved for the parking of vehicles.


Instituto Superior Técnico da Universidade Técnica de Lisboa


Alameda Afonso Henriques


Construction Area:







General project for a new building for the Civil Engineering Department, developed according to the directives outlined in the Master Plan. A building designed to house extremely diverse facilities, ranging from simple classrooms to research laboratories, teaching laboratories, computer and documentation centres, seven amphitheatres with seating capacities ranging from ninety to three hundred, scientific research centres, etc.



– António Pedro Batista Pardal Monteiro – Architect

– Manuel Cottinelli Telmo Pardal Monteiro – Architect

– João Cottinelli Telmo Pardal Monteiro – Architect

– Jorge Mealha – Architect

– Paulo Vasco Silva Antunes – Architect

– Amadeu Lourenço

– Rodrigo Moutinho

Foundations and Structure

– João Moralha – Engineer

– Carlos Martins – Engineer

Mechanical Installations and Equipment

– José Duque – Engineer

Water and Sewage Installation and Equipment

– Azevedo Coutinho – Engineer

Electrical and Telecommunications Installation and Equipment

– Lazaro Vasquez – Engineer