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Refurbishment of Office Building / Moura Martins Architects

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

Instalação Bar / José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

Escola Secundária Garcia da Orta / Bak Gordon Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

Escola Secundária da Amora / Bak Gordon Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

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

'What's Your Favorite Space?' Video Competition Winners

Building Pictures, a Portuguese website specialized in architecture videos, decided to celebrate the year of Portuguese architecture by creating a competition inviting architects, artists, designers, directors, and students to submit their favorite spaces. 31 videos answered the challenge and shared their experiences and inspiring places. The jury selected three winners, whose beautiful videos can be seen after the break.

Palacete do Relógio Renovation / Alexandre Marques Pereira Arquitectura

  • Architects: Alexandre Marques Pereira Arquitectura
  • Location: Cais do Sodre, 1200 Lisboa, Portugal
  • Project Architects: Alexandre Marques Pereira, Manuel Tainha
  • Project Team: Tânia Campos, Helena Arguelles, Daniela Decca
  • Project Area: 2723.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photography: Pedro Ferreira

© Pedro Ferreira © Pedro Ferreira © Pedro Ferreira © Pedro Ferreira

Inside Homeland, Portugal’s Pavilion at the US Biennale

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The Portuguese Pavilion at the 14th edition of the Venice Biennale has created a newspaper, “, News from ,” which covers the last 100 years of architectural, social and economic news from .

Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal's Pavilion Has No Buildings At All

The following text by Pedro Gadanho was originally published in Portuguese in Portugal's Diário Expresso.

The most awaited event in the architecture world begins this week: the opening of the Venice Biennale. Thousands of participants, journalists, and invited guests will flood the fantastical Italian city to take the pulse of the discipline -the nations' representations, the novelties, the state of the art. For this, the 14th edition of the Biennale, the artistic direction of Rem Koolhaas has raised great expectations: the architect behind Casa da Música is, after all, the ultimate provocateur of an architectural stardom that's ever more predictable. 

Casa Varatojo / Atelier Data

© Richard John Seymour
© Richard John Seymour
  • Architects: Atelier Data
  • Location: Varatojo, 2560-237 Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão
  • Design Team: Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente, Marta Frazão, André Almeida, António Cotrim
  • Area: 380.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Richard John Seymour

© Richard John Seymour © Richard John Seymour © Richard John Seymour © Richard John Seymour

Gafanha da Boa Hora School Center / António Portugal e Manuel Maria Reis

© Luís Ferreira Alves
© Luís Ferreira Alves
  • Architects: António Portugal e Manuel Maria Reis
  • Location: 3840 Gafanha da Boa Hora, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: António Portugal and Manuel Maria Reis
  • Design Team: Cláudia Freitas, Elisabete Queirós, Nelson Miranda, Pedro Pita
  • Area: 3100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

© Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves © Luís Ferreira Alves

Casa da Severa / José Adrião

  • Architects: José Adrião
  • Location: Largo Severa 2, 1100-341 Lisbon, Portugal
  • Design Team: Margarida Lameiro, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Carla Gonçalves, João Matos, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Tiago Pereira
  • Area: 2014.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Hugo Santos Silva

© Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva

Venice Biennale 2014: Portugal to Distribute “Homeland” Newspaper Based on Housing

Cover of "Homeland, News from Portugal"
Cover of "Homeland, News from Portugal"

This year for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Portugal will be officially represented by newspaper. This choice in media corresponds to the possibility of framing worldviews by revelling events, culture traits and socio-economic challenges of a country. 

Extensively distributed in three different editions, over the six month period of the Biennale, Homeland, News from Portugal intends to report news about current architectural, social and economic life in Portugal, reflecting on and informing about a variety of aspects of the modernization of the country over the past 100 years.

More from the curator, after the break...

DM2 Housing / OODA

  • Architects: OODA
  • Location: Rua D. Manuel II, 4050 Porto, Portugal
  • Design Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisca Santos, Lourenço Menezes Rodrigues
  • Area: 1100.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado

Archilapse: The Fragrante House

This time-lapse montage by Ricardo Oliveira Alves Photography explores the passage of light through the Fragrante House, a project in Lisbon, Portugal defined by its skylights and green garden-walls. Excerpts from an interview with architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade are included, illustrating the many features that make this house unique, and how Lisbon's quality of sunlight adds a natural beauty to the interior.  

Lima de Freitas School Renovation / Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos

© Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos © Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos © Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos © Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos