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Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

About one month ago, three major figures in Portuguese architecture - Pritzker Laureate Álvaro Siza, architect Carlos Castanheira and one of today’s most prominent architectural photographers, Fernando Guerra -  began an uncommon adventure.

During 22 days the architects traveled through many Asian countries inaugurating buildings, visiting new projects and meeting other architects like Pritzker Laureate Whang Shu. At the end of their trip, the trio visited the "Shadow of light - a portrait of Álvaro Siza" exhibition opening and vernissage, in Macau, realized by Fernando Guerra.

We were able to follow this intimate journey through the images taken by Guerra and published every day in his Instagram – a careful, spontaneous and delicate photographic narrative that shows a little bit of what were these weeks with Siza and Castanheira were like. Back in Portugal, Fernando Guerra published an interesting report on those last weeks and generously shared with us both his writings and his beautiful pictures.

Read the text and enjoy Guerra's photographs after the break.

So... After so many days on the road, how do you feel when you arrive home and more important, how do you start over? Not going to write a manual about that, but just looking back at the last few days of images, is enough to restart.

Anyway, I also have the need to move to the never ending list of new works to shoot and revise the ones that are ready and we are excited to deliver to clients this next week. But today, I just want to look back and organize the new images of last month. It was a beautiful long one and didn’t stop a bit. Soon, will share all.

Anyway, I have to start somewhere, because in a few days I'm out again. Not too much time to contemplate. It is nice to look at the sketches, that Álvaro Siza did of me. Those ones, that were sketched on the plane to Canton, made on two airsickness bags, are my favourites. Definitely, one of the highlights of the last month! Thanks for the attention and kind words!

      These are the projects Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira have visited and inaugurated during their trip through Asia: Siza House in Taifong Golf Club in Changhua, Taiwan and The Building on the Water.

Day 1 - Ningbo / China

Day 2 - Ningbo / China

Day 2 - Conference in Ningbo / China

Day 3 - Hangzhou / China

Day 3 - Álvaro Siza and Wang Shu in Hangzhou / China

Day 4 - Álvaro Siza and Fernando Guerra visit the works from Bauhaus Museum Hangzhou / China

Day 4 - Álvaro Siza in transit

Day 5 - Álvaro Siza / Taipei 

Day 6 - Siza House opening in Taichung Golf / Taiwan

Day 6 - "Siza House" in Taichung Golf, Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira in Taichung / Taiwan

Day 8 - Álvaro Siza and Fernando Guerra in Taichung / Taiwan

Day 8 - Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira in Taichung / Taiwan 

Day 9  - Álvaro Siza in Taipei / Taiwan

Day 9 - Hyperlapse: Exhibition opening and Siza's conference at Xue Xue Institute - Taipei / Taiwan

Day 9 - Hyperlapse: Preparing the conference at Xue Xue Institute - Taipei / Taiwan

Day 10 - The Building on the Water - Shihlien / China

Day 10 - First visit after construction - Shihlien / China

Day 10 - Álvaro Siza in his first visit after the building's construction - Shihlien / China

Day 10 - Carlos Castanheira in Shihlien / China

Day 10 - Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Fernando Guerra at the Building on the Water - Shihlien / China

Day 11 - Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira - The Building on the Water - Industrial Park - Shihlien / China

Day 12 - The Building on the Water opening ceremony - Shihlien / China

Day 12 - Siza's sketch on the opening day of The Building on the Water - Shihlien / China

Day 12 - Opening day of The Building on the Water - Shihlien / China

Day 12 - Opening day of The Building on the Water - Shihlien / China

Day 13 - Going to Macau

Day 13 - Siza + sketches in transit

Day 14 - Exhibition Poster of ´Shadow of light - a portrait of Álvaro Siza` by Fernando Guerra  in Macau

Day 14 - Homages in Macau

Day 14 - View from Macau by Fernando Guerra

Day 14 - Reviewing a sketch he made for Macau 30 years ago

Day 15 - Álvaro Siza - Hotel Wynn in Macau

Day 16 - Álvaro Siza in Macau

Day 17 - Siza and Castanheira at the Sun Sun Hotel preparing the renovation of the hotel in Macau

Day 19 - Álvaro Siza

Day 20 - End of the journey: Fernando Guerra, Carlos Castanheira and Álvaro Siza

Cite: Helm, Joanna. "Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra " [Diário de Viagem em Ásia: Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira por Fernando Guerra ] 26 Sep 2014. ArchDaily. (Trans. Baratto, Romullo) Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/551385/travel-diary-alvaro-siza-and-carlos-castanheira-by-fernando-guerra/>
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