Merville is a redevelopment plan which is based on the quality of life conceived as harmony between man and nature. This is the philosophy of its architect, Gonçalo Byrne, who has merged architecture with nature using careful, rational and muted design. The buildings communicate with the place they slot into effortlessly and without visual hype. There is a reciprocal exchange between what is natural and what is artificial. Impressions, geometrical shapes and even materials are taken from the site in a harmonious, seamless continuity.
The relationship with nature is confirmed by the involvement of the landscape architect, Joao Ferreira Nunes - his project also contributes to the indissoluble bond between nature and architecture as dictated by the rural tradition of this area which is given a contemporary twist.
The Merville complex lies in a 50,000 m2 pine forest divided in two by Viale Oriente: the area on the sea front covers 28,000 m2 and contains buildings and private gardens whereas the other area covering 22,000 m2 is a public park.
The development plan includes a 25-storey glass panelled tower block with 83 residential units, 3 4-storey buildings with a total of 60 apartments, a business area on Viale Oriente, an underground car park for 225 cars and 143 basements, 3 swimming pools including one heated, one with water features, saunas, showers, changing rooms, a relaxation area and a condominium gym.
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