The Cluster Habitat project is a micro-residential and urban intervention project located in Matosinhos, taking advantage of a strip of land with the East-West orientation on the cliff above the port of Matosinhos and the Cepsa facilities, which constitute a pre-existence environment with industrial use at a lower level. The implementation of the Cluster Habitat explores the difference in levels to free the points of view of the implementation of the project.
This reuse decision also clearly announces the focus on the project’s sustainability. The reused containers will be the support for the self-generation of solar and wind energy (in their roofs), the capture of rainwater and the reuse of gray water for irrigation and (after treatment) for re-consumption. The urban project proposes a wide green area, with several objectives: to reduce the effect of the urban heat island in the intervention area and in the surrounding environment; the support of urban ecosystems; and the return of a qualified public space to the community.
The irregular design of the implantation area, the pre-existing equipment and the topography, determine a discontinuous implantation, which the project values by creating three clusters (cores) with different morphologies: Ring, River, Mesh, connected by a continuous green space that embraces the clusters and that constitutes a public space of slow mobility (walking and cycling), with connection to the future station of the Metropolitano do Porto.