Architecture . Architecture of Interiors, Design for Context

Rectorate of the University of Lisbon, 1960, Lisbon

Interior and furniture Design for special rooms (rector’s office and lounge, small dining room, Senate meeting room, main hall, amphitheatre for major ceremonies and professors’ lounge) and Aula Magna [main auditorium].

Daciano da Costa’s project for the Rectorate of the University of Lisbon was his first major commission after opening a studio in his name, which he did in 1959. Designed by Porfírio Pardal Monteiro (1897-1957) in 1952, alongside the Faculties of Letters and Law, the Rectorate building was the crowning monument in the central avenue of the University Campus of Lisbon, at Campo Grande, following the plan he had drawn in 1935.

Daciano da Costa was responsible here for characterizing the most meaningful spaces through the design of the architectural elements, the cladding, the fittings and the furniture, by defining the detail and by choosing the colours and materials.

  • Client

    Caniu/Comissão Administrativa para as Novas Instalações Universitárias, Ministério das Obras Públicas [Administrative Commission for the New University Facilities, Ministry of Public Works].

  • General Architecture Design

    Porfírio Pardal Monteiro and António Pardal Monteiro, architects.

  • Design Team

    Daciano da Costa, Luís Ralha, Rogério Ribeiro

  • Other Collaborations

    Other contributions Mário Carlos Araújo Leal and Vítor Emanuel Simões Sampaio, engineers (electrical and electromechanical installations); Manuel Bívar, engineer (acoustic design and insulation); Carlos Homem de Sá, architect (general furniture). 

    Builders Empresa de Construções Lopes (Irmãos), Lda.

    Furniture Manufacturers José Olaio & Cª (filho), José Alcobia, Móveis Sousa Braga, Fábrica de
    Móveis Aséta, Móveis e Adornos, Lda., Metalúrgica da Longra, Lda., Centro Técnico Hospitalar, Viúva de João Ferreira & Filhos and Armando Filinto Pinto Barbosa.

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