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Fernando Guerra's Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza's Most Inspiring Works

Fernando Guerra's Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza's Most Inspiring Works
Fernando Guerra's Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza's Most Inspiring Works, Alvaro Siza. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Alvaro Siza. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Today, the renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza turns 81. To celebrate, we've rounded-up some of Siza's most inspiring works, all courtesy of Fernando Guerra and Sergio Guerra - FG + SG.

Siza was born in Matosinhos, Portugal, in 1933. His first work was built in 1954, before Siza had even completed his studies at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Porto (now Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto - FAUP).

Edifício de Escritórios | Novartis Campus - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Museu Mimesis | with Carlos Castanheira & Jun Sung Kim – 2011. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Fundação Iberê Camargo - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Lérida University - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Portuguese pavilion for Expo 98 – 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Aveiro Water Tank - 1990. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Borges & Irmão Bank - 1986. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +58

Siza's greatest influence is the great modernist architect: Alvar Aalto. However, his work is also representative of what Kenneth Frampton calls "critical regionalism" - a sensitivity to traditional construction techniques and the spirit of the context. As Siza puts it:

"The relationship between nature and construction is decisive in architecture. This relationship, a permanent feature of any project, is to me a kind of obsession; it was always decisive in the course of history, and yet, today tends towards gradual extinction."

Siza's architecture escapes precise definition: it is somehow both modern and traditional; sensitive to place and yet demanding of the sensitivity of its user.

Siza's early interest in sculpture is clearly reflected in his buildings; indeed, their sculptural quality was commented upon by the 1992 Pritzker jury who named Siza Laureate: "his shapes, molded by light, have a deceptive simplicity about them; they are honest. 

Try as we might to describe and frame his work, words are not enough; only by visiting and experiencing his sculpted spaces can you come to an understanding of Siza's architecture.

The following is a list of the most inspiring works of Álvaro Siza, beautifully captured by the photographs by Fernando Guerra.

Text by Romullo Baratto, translated by Vanessa Quirk. 

House in South Korea - 2012

House in South Korea - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
House in South Korea - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa na Coréia do Sul - 2012

House in South Korea - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
House in South Korea - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Vitrashop Factory Hall | Weil am Rhein - 2012

Fábrica Vitra | Weil am Rhein - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Fábrica Vitra | Weil am Rhein - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Hotel Vidago Palace - 2012

Hotel Vidago Palace – 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Hotel Vidago Palace – 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Pedras Salgadas Thermal Baths – 2012

Pedras Salgadas Thermes – 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Pedras Salgadas Thermes – 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Edifício de Escritórios | Novartis Campus - 2012

Edifício de Escritórios | Novartis Campus - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Edifício de Escritórios | Novartis Campus - 2012. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Amore Pacific Campus parte III - com Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu

Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Amore Pacific Campus, Álvaro Siza with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu - Yongin-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, South Korea

Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Amore Pacific Campus - Álvaro Siza with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu | part I 

Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Amore Pacific Campus - Álvaro Siza with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu | part II

Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Amore Pacific Campus - with Carlos Castanheira & Kim Jong Kyu. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Mimesis Museum | with Carlos Castanheira & Jun Sung Kim - 2011

Museu Mimesis | with Carlos Castanheira & Jun Sung Kim – 2011. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Museu Mimesis | with Carlos Castanheira & Jun Sung Kim – 2011. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa – Bilbao, Spain - 2011

Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa - 2011. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa - 2011. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

University Rectory - Alicante, Spain - 1998

Reitoria da Universidade Rector of the University - 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Reitoria da Universidade Rector of the University - 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Roberto Ivens House - Matosinhos, Portugal  - 1961

Casa em Roberto Ivens  - 1961–2009. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Casa em Roberto Ivens - 1961–2009. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

“Insel Hombroich” Museum - Düsseldorf, Germany - 2009

“Insel Hombroich” Museum - 2009. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
“Insel Hombroich” Museum - 2009. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

“Moinho de papel” Museum - Leiria, Portugal - 2009

“Moinho de papel” Museum - 2009. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
“Moinho de papel” Museum - 2009. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Santo Ovídio Chapel - Lousada, Portugal - 2002

Santo Ovídio Chapel - 2002. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Santo Ovídio Chapel - 2002. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Santo Ovídio Swimming Pool - Lousada, Portugal - 2002

Santo Ovídio Swimming Pool - 2002. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Santo Ovídio Swimming Pool - 2002. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Fundação Iberê Camargo - Porto Alegre, Brasil - 2008

Fundação Iberê Camargo - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Fundação Iberê Camargo - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Quinta do Portal - “Portal” Winery - Sabrosa, Portugal - 2008

Quinta do Portal - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Quinta do Portal - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

House in Mallorca - Palma de Mallorca, Spain - 2008

House in Mallorca - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
House in Mallorca - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

ISQ Headquarters, Tagus Park - Oeiras, Portugal - 2008

ISQ Headquarters | Tagus Park – 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
ISQ Headquarters | Tagus Park – 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Lérida University - Spain - 2008

Lérida University - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Lérida University - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Gondomar Sports Complex - Portugal - 2008

Gondomar Sports Complex - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Gondomar Sports Complex - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Pego House - Sintra, Portugal - 2008

Pego House - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Pego House - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Viana do Castelo Municipal Library - Viana do Castelo, Portugal - 2008

Viana do Castelo Municipal Libary - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Viana do Castelo Municipal Libary - 2008. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Leonel Building - Lisbon, Portugal - 2007

Leonel Building - 2007. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Leonel Building - 2007. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Leça da Palmeira Master Plan - Matosinhos, Portugal - 2007

Leça da Palmeira Master Plan - 2007. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Leça da Palmeira Master Plan - 2007. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Alvaro Siza Hall - Anyang, South Korea - 2006

Alvaro Siza Hall, Anyang - 2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Alvaro Siza Hall, Anyang - 2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Winery Mayor - Campo Maior, Portugal - 2007

Winery Mayor - 2007. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Winery Mayor - 2007. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Ribero-Serralo Sports Complex - Barcelona, Spain - 2006

Ribero-Serralo Sports Complex - 2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Ribero-Serralo Sports Complex - 2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Zaida Building, Patio House - Granada, Spain - 2006

Coop. Águas Férreas, Bouça, Porto, Portugal - 2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Coop. Águas Férreas, Bouça, Porto, Portugal - 2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

House of "Camilio" - Ceide, Portugal - 2005

House of "Camilo" - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
House of "Camilo" - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Armanda Passos House  - 2005

Armanda Passos House - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Armanda Passos House - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

S. Bento Porto Subway - Porto, Portugal - 2005

S. Bento Porto Subway - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
S. Bento Porto Subway - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Parque Atlântico - Vila do Conde, Portugal - 2005

Parque Atlântico - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Parque Atlântico - 2005. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Terraços de Bragança Housing - Lisbon, Portugal - 2004

Terraços de Bragança Housing - 2004. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Terraços de Bragança Housing - 2004. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

"Hanover Pavilion" - Coimbra, Portugal - 2001

"Hanover Pavillion" - 2001. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
"Hanover Pavillion" - 2001. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Santa Maria Church de Canaveses - 1997/2006

Church and P. Centre | Marco de Canavezes  - 1997/2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Church and P. Centre | Marco de Canavezes - 1997/2006. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Faculty of Media Science - Santiago Compostela, Spain - 2001

Faculty of Media Sience in Santiago Compostela - 2001. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Faculty of Media Sience in Santiago Compostela - 2001. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Serralves Foundation - 1999

Serralves Foundation - 1999. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Serralves Foundation - 1999. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Portuguese pavilion for Expo 98 - Lisbon, Portugal - 1998

Portuguese pavilion for Expo 98 – 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Portuguese pavilion for Expo 98 – 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architectural Office - Porto, Portugal - 1998

Architectural Office - 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Architectural Office - 1998. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Revigrés Building - Agueda, Portugal - 1997

Revigrés Building - 1997. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Revigrés Building - 1997. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Vieira de Castro House - Famalicão, Portugal -1994

Vieira de Castro House - 1994. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Vieira de Castro House - 1994. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Aveiro Water Tank - Aveiro, Portugal - 1990

Aveiro Water Tank - 1990. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Aveiro Water Tank - 1990. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Aveiro University Library - Aveiro, Portugal - 1994

Aveiro University Library - 1994. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Aveiro University Library - 1994. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Porto School of Architecture - Porto, Portugal - 1994

Porto School of Architecture - 1994. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Porto School of Architecture - 1994. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Santiago de Compostela Art Centre - Santiago de Compostela, Spain - 1993

Santiago de Compostela Art Centre - 1993. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Santiago de Compostela Art Centre - 1993. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Setúbal Teachers Training College - Setúbal, Portugal - 1993

Setúbal Teachers Training College - 1993. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Setúbal Teachers Training College - 1993. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Barcelona Meteorological Center - Barcelona, Spain - 1992

Barcelona Meteorological Center - 1992. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Barcelona Meteorological Center - 1992. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Borges & Irmão Bank - Vila do Conde, Portugal - 1986

Borges & Irmão Bank - 1986. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Borges & Irmão Bank - 1986. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Avelino Duarte House - Portugal - 1984

Avelino Duarte House - 1984. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Avelino Duarte House - 1984. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Pinto & Souto Mayor Bank - Oliveira de Azeméis, Portugal - 1974

Pinto & Souto Mayor Bank -  1974. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Pinto & Souto Mayor Bank - 1974. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Leça Swimming Pools - 1966

Leça da Palmeira Swimming Pool - 1966. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Leça da Palmeira Swimming Pool - 1966. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Boa Nova Tea House - 1963

Boa Nova Tea House - 1963. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Boa Nova Tea House - 1963. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Edifício sobre a Água - 2014. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Edifício sobre a Água - 2014. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Cite: Editorial, Equipe. "Fernando Guerra's Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza's Most Inspiring Works" [Em foco: Álvaro Siza] 25 Jun 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Quirk, Vanessa) Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/520156/fernando-guerra-s-stunning-images-of-alvaro-siza-s-most-inspiring-works/>
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