An Intangible Heritage in Use. Portuguese Institute of Oncology





Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing


The Portuguese Institute of Oncology (IPO) built in modern Lisbon, between 1927 and 1948, and added to until 1996, is the result of the Francisco Gentil effort to study and treat cancer. It is part of the Portuguese modern healthcare network and a reference concerning social, urban and architecture innovations, where the architects Cristino da Silva (1896–1936), Carlos Ramos (1897–1969), Raul Lino (1879–1974), Ernest Koop (1890–1962), Walter Diestel (1904–) and Raul Rodrigues de Lima (1909–1980) took part. By highlighting its cultural value this essay aims to stress the importance of achieving public and institutional awareness, in dealing with its everyday intensive use and transformation, towards a sustainable future.

How to Cite

Arnaut, D. (2016). An Intangible Heritage in Use. Portuguese Institute of Oncology. Docomomo Journal, (55), 16–23.







Author Biography

Daniela Arnaut, University of Lisbon

(b. Portugal, 1980) Architect (Instituto Superior Técnico, 2006). PhD candidate on Modern Healthcare Buildings in Portugal. She has taught Architectural Design Studio at Técnico – University of Lisbon, since 2009. Since 2005 she has been a part of investigation teams on the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Headquarters. Until 2011 collaborated with Risco on projects as: nat o Summit 2010, Lisbon, and Santa Filomena Hospital 2011, Coimbra.


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