BIG unveils the design of the urban fashion village in Portugal
BIG has collaborated with global luxury fashion technology platform Farfetch and Portuguese property developer Castro Group to create “Fuse Valley”, a purpose-built urban fashion village on the slopes of the LeÃ§a River in Porto, Portugal . The platform’s recently unveiled headquarters will feature 12 uniquely designed interconnected buildings that represent the different elements of the company’s organization. The project is expected to start in early 2023 and open in 2025.
The project is nestled at BIG’s Fuse Valley site, a 24-building master plan that will house various tech companies and startups. The 178,000 mÂ² art-filled site will also include plazas, parks and landscaped courtyards. Each building sits on a series of green terraces that connect the main road to the LeÃ§a River. Along the river, several programs and public facilities are placed to make the most of the natural resource.
The roofs of the buildings are placed to form an artificial extension of the hill, creating slopes and terraces that provide employees and visitors with large open spaces for recreation. Natural paths stretch from the landscape to the rooftops, creating flexible platforms for people to move around the complex. The facades of the ground floor are recessed and chamfered at the corners, creating additional spaces for the public.
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Rather than a corporate office complex, Farfetch’s future home at FUSE VALLEY will be a vibrant urban ensemble bringing together all curators, designers, clients and collaborators in the city’s most innovative new neighborhood. The urban fabric will allow FUSE VALLEY to grow and expand organically, like a natural village. – Bjarke Ingels, Founder and Creative Director, BIG
Each building is designed to complement its specific program, creating a dynamic interior architectural experience. Each structure houses workshop-style attics with additional ceiling heights and open mezzanines that extend down to the ground, creating visual and physical connectivity to all floors. The interior and exterior provide a biophilic environment that increases productivity and well-being.
Bjarke Ingels Group released images of a new 150,000-acre master plan that would be built from scratch in a desert in the western United States. Title Telosa, the project aims to “create a new city in America that sets a global standard for urban living, develops human potential and becomes a model for future generations.” The project is expected to house more than 5 million inhabitants over the next 40 years, with the ambition to become the most sustainable city in the world.