The Cafe

About The Project

In the second semester of University, following the ideals of the Prof. Carrilho da Graça, aiming to have a closer look into what architecture is, we were asked to develop two projects along the semester.

In the first one, we had to develop a Cafe for one of the halls of the building. The idea behind this was to enable the students to have an approach to the architecture world in a smaller scale. In this project there were few mandatory spaces and activities to accomplish, the main one being an area were students could be comfortable when raining outside or just having a coffee.


During the project development and analysis of the previous usage of this space, the following aspects were pointed out as significant for the project.

LIVING – promoting the atrium as a meeting space, a place where students could be during their breaks, especially in winter time.

TRANQUILITY – the space would have to convey tranquility promoting a place for reading and relaxation specially because it is surrounded by classrooms.

LIFE – bring more color to the lobby, giving more life to the space and thus offering a more attractive space for potential customers.

MOBILITY – the project should not interfere with the synergy of the existing movement in the lobby.

The creative process that emerged within the constraints mentioned above led me to different paths. For an instance I considered the creation of a second floor but observing the cafes in the city of Lisbon end the local culture I noticed that a much simpler solution could be more effective.

Nature promotes the desired tranquility, stimulates the gathering of people and also ends up bringing life to space. The coffee counter was developed to look like the trunk of a tree right in the middle of the atrium. In the skylights were placed hanging plants to promote the feeling of being under a tree.

The comfortable armchairs promote warmth and welcome the guests to sit and experience the space. The disposition of the tables and armchairs didn’t interfere in the exiting flow and mobility of the atrium.

Universidade de Lisboa

Subject: Project

Year: 1

Semester: 2

Coordinator: Prof. Architerct Carrilho da Graça