Between Land and Sea
Peninsula, from the Latin paeninsula from paene “almost” and insula “island”.
Almost islands, imposing fragments, pieces of ground that advance out to sea umbilically connected to the earth by strands, the peninsulas are also cultural spaces in permanent renewal, meeting places, points of departure and arrival.
Portugal, inherent in its geographic condition, where the sea lingers on the beach, either by will or by extrapolation and transgression (continuity and rupture) does not escape the peninsular fate, the Atlantic Sea projects a landscape permeated with cultural complexities, materialized in artefacts, (in)tangible, that frame the daily lives we cohabit in states of permanent fragility.
The desire to establish an interdisciplinary structure where Architecture is a socially significant critical tool for understanding and for cultural (trans)formation, led a group of people, Architects and Landscape Architects, to create Atelier Peninsular.
Based in Lisbon, Atelier Peninsular integrates a heterogeneous group of professionals with training acquired between Lisbon and Milan, and with work experiences in Institutions and Studios in Dessau, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Paris, Rotterdam, Berkeley and Manchester. These experiences allow us to synthesize and put into practice programmatic and pragmatic approaches on extreme scales.
Indissociable from personal biographies, the Studio wants to characterize itself by putting into action subversive holistic processes within the logics and rules, so far imposed, on the landscape and its urban and social tissues