Keywords Change this

Playground, Steel, Urban Acupuncture, Gym, Portugal Novo., Metal, Experimental

Project timeline

October 5th 2019 – ?


Park & Garden

Location Change this

Rua Wanda Ramos 2-6

Current state


Also known as Change this

Caixas de Boxe

Architect Change this

Gross floor area Change this


Partners Change this

Carlos Ortega Arámburo

General contractor
EDA - Ensaios e Diálogos Associação

Box Team Curtidores

Fundação Aga Khan Portugal

Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa

General contractor

Associação de Moradores Paz Amizade e Cores AMPAC



Article last edited by Bostjan on
February 14th, 2020

Boxing Boxes Change this

Lisbon, Portugal
by Daniel Languré Change this
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Description Change this

Boxing, both as a tool of self-discipline and control of violence, is part of the civilizing process. Caixas de Boxe / Boxing Boxes seeks the materialization of two years of architectural research that uses a new gym scheme to place the sport as a valuable instrument of spatial and civic activation in marginalized urban areas. Despite of the minimum material requirements for boxing, or perhaps because of, it's practice implies great self-control and physical and mental training, factors that help solve society’s needs for violence and offer a alternative to the lethargic and individualistic infrastructure of our towns and cities.

Thus, the installation is conceived as an architectural device that is located between the shortage of equipment and the need for social integration catalysts, which uses boxing as a tool for the exploration of body movement, the contained release of impulses and the revaluation of leisure or "unproductive" activities that under current regulatory standards are often dismissed by athletes, sociologists and architects. In short, it uses the rationality of scarce material resources to generate and intensify social dynamics of civic and individual development.

This prototype, specifically designed to be placed in the Portugal Novo neighborhood as an Associated Project of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, seeks both the precision of the sport and the ambiguity of play, the temptation of pleasure and the restriction of routine, the creative action and pre-established norms. Explores the ability of minimal architecture to promote exchanges of force and energy that free their occupants from the pursuit of mere survival.


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