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Puaca Roof Garden

Lisbon, Portugal

A stipulation for the landscape design of this multipurpose conference center complex was that it reflect the traditional materials and palette of the surrounding city. Outdoor spaces are distinct in character, with water features and planting arranged in a simple geometry around a central café. A more organic approach was taken with the “sky garden,” where a number of sweeping curves and tensile canopies provide ample shade with elegant forms. A strongly planted framework wraps the edge of the entire terrace, defining the space and creating a welcoming, green escape from the city.