Second Prize: The Golden Connection
Team: Alex Pontes de Albuquerque / Isabelle Caroline de Freitas / Mariana Coelho Andrade Horta / Mayara Ledo Mendes /
The Golden Connection deals with stitching together a highly fragmented campus space in Porto. Besides connecting the spaces into a new functional whole, the team took the assignment further and introduced a notion of verticality of the landscape. The brass-textured skywalk, in playful relation with the space and trees, offers a new, vibrant dimension to the space and acts as an amenity. The project further excels in using a creative palette of materials and establishes its own formal language resulting in a series of inviting and useful ambiences.