Urban Planning

Serralves Treetop Walk shortlisted by ArchDaily for two architectural prizes

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Fernando Guerra

Treetop Walk, in Serralves, has been nominated for ArchDaily Building of the Year 2021, in two categories: Public & Landscape Architecture and Small Scale & Installations. ArchDaily is a weblog that provides news on projects, products, events, interviews and competitions as regards architecture, for 12 years now.

The Treetop walk is on its way to celebrating 2 years (it inaugurated on 14th September 2019). It was designed by architect Carlos Castanheira, in collaboration with Álvaro Siza Vieira, who held the promise to "bring to Serralves new and different dimensions of enjoyment with nature". The footbridge features a 260m extension course and surrounds one of the Serralves Park woods, revealing nature's different views, colours and various shades, offering a stunning viewing the biodiversity in the Park.

Serralves boosts its relationship with different types of audiences, with its treetop walk taking 260 metres into the tree canopy for a different perspective on this spectacular environment, all the while offering a contrasting walk at ground level, thus enabling a whole new way of interpreting the surrounding landscape, promoting the awareness raising on the importance of trees and the concept of nature's conservation as a natural heritage, of fundamental importance to the scientific community, at national and international levels. This project was concluded with the support of Ascendi.

Noteworthy is the fact that Kengo Kuma was one of the awarded architects by ArchDaily Building of the Year of last year’s edition. He is the leading architect in the rehabilitation of the “Matadouro” project, in Campanhã, in the eastern part of Porto. Also, in 2017, ArchDaily granted this distinction to the Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões building.

Online voting for ArchDaily Building of the Year is ongoing until 10th February. Winners will be announced on 18th February.