Casal das Figueiras, Setubal

Casal das Figueiras, Setubal

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  • Museu Serralves (archive creator)
  • Gonçalo Byrne (architect)


Casal das Figueiras, Setubal

Dates of creation


Level of archival description


Extent and Medium

  • 7 drawings (reproductions)

Scope and Content

This project series contains seven reproductions of drawings displayed in the exhibit to document the Casal das Figueiras neighbourhood, in Setúbal, south of Lisbon, Portugal.

The exhibit text explained that:

... the Setúbal port-city experienced the political vibrations of the revolutionary year with great intensity. The Casal das Figueiras neighbourhood was designed for a fishing community living in a difficult area to build on due to its steep incline. The challenge that the project architect Gonçalo Byrne faced was to maintain the structure of single-family housing with the outhouse or courtyard, the typology that the local populations requested, while making a large urban gesture. The proposal was based on two types of housing (the square and rectangular plans). This overcame the problem of the 36 percent slope in an architecturally striking manner, while it also managed to fulfil the major requirement inherent in any SAAL operation of minimizing costs. (The SAAL Process, Housing in Portugal 1974–76)

Gonçalo Byrne worked for SAAL/Lisbon and Central South with Ana Ferreira Rebocho, Berta Sá Caetano and the residents' association Casal das Figueiras, that was founded on October 30th, 1975. The project included 420 dwellings. The operation began in July 1975 , with a construction date in October 1976.

This project series contains reproductions of implementation plans and design development drawings. The original drawings were produced in 1978-1979 and were reproduced in 2015 for the exhibit.

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Materials in this project series were kept in their original order.


Setubal Portugal

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    • Reference Number: CD034.S1.1975.PR02.001
    • Title: Implementation plans and a design development drawing, Casal das Figueiras, Setubal, Portugal
    • Dates of creation: 1978-1979
    • Form: drawings
    • Catalogued items within this file 0


    • Museu Serralves (archive creator)

    Quantity / Object type:

    1 File

    Stage and Purpose:

    • design development drawing

    Extent and Medium:

    • 7 drawings (reproductions)


    sheets (smallest): 70,8 × 90,8 cm (27 7/8 × 35 3/4 in.) sheets (largest): 44,6 × 56,2 cm (17 9/16 × 22 1/8 in.)


    Setubal Portugal

    Credit line:

    Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
    Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
    Don de Museu Serralves/
    Gift of Museu Serralves


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