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Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 1, The Shimmering Lights of Porto

00:00 - 1 February, 2015

We've teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “Arquitectura à Moda do Porto,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years. 

The series is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Reflections On Álvaro Siza's Seminal Quinta da Malagueira Housing Scheme

00:00 - 29 January, 2015

In an essay and accompanying mini-documentary film by Ellis Woodman for The Architectural Review, Siza's iconic Quinta da Malagueira housing estate (1973-1977) in Évora, Portugal, is comprehensively explored and examined with a refreshingly engaging critical weight. Rather than develop multi-story housing in the sensitive landscape around the city, Siza proposed "a plan that distributed the programme between two fields composed of low-rise terraced courtyard houses." As a result, the arrangement of these structures adjust to the "undulating topography ensuring that the narrow, cobbled streets along which the houses are distributed always follow the slope."

As is made clear in the film (above), one of the remarkable aspects about the Quinta da Malagueira estate is that it is "governed by a third layer of infrastructure" which takes the form of "an elevated network of conduits that distributes water and electricity [...] much in the manner of a miniature aqueduct." For Siza, this was a logical move as it provided the cheapest means of distributing utilities around the complex. Woodman ultimately concludes that "Siza’s work at Malagueira invites a reading less as a fixed artefact and rather as one episode in the site’s ongoing transformation."

Read extracts of what Pier Vittorio Aureli, Tony Fretton, and John Tuomey (among others) have said about Siza's œuvre and approach after the break.

Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

01:00 - 29 January, 2015
Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos, © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +25

E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos, © Paulo Catrica
© Paulo Catrica
  • Architects

  • Location

    Pico Island, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
  • Area

    214.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica © Paulo Catrica +21

Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto

01:00 - 28 January, 2015
Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto, © José Campos | Architectural photography
© José Campos | Architectural photography

© José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography © José Campos | Architectural photography +44

House in Póvoa / Luis Peixoto

01:00 - 20 January, 2015
House in Póvoa / Luis Peixoto, © Armenio Texeira
© Armenio Texeira
  • Architects

  • Location

    Póvoa do Varzim, 4490-520 Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
  • Project Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Armenio Texeira © Armenio Texeira © Armenio Texeira © Armenio Texeira +26

House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos

01:00 - 19 January, 2015
House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos, © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +45

Technological Park in Obidos / Jorge Mealha

01:00 - 16 January, 2015
Technological Park in Obidos / Jorge Mealha, © João Morgado
© João Morgado
  • Architects

  • Location

    Óbidos Municipality, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Andreia Baptista, Carlos Paulo, Diogo Oliveira Rosa, Filipa Ferreira da Silva, Filipa Collot, Gonçalo Freitas Silva, Inês Novais
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +54

RM House / Fernando Coelho

01:00 - 15 January, 2015
RM House / Fernando Coelho, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos +50

Embraced House / Pedro Quintela

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
Embraced House / Pedro Quintela, © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +38

Escritórios Revigrés / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 14 January, 2015
Escritórios Revigrés / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG +30

Winery / A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados

01:00 - 12 January, 2015
Winery / A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Presandães, 5070-129 Alijó, Portugal
  • Project Architects

    Alexandre Burmester e Jorge Toscano
  • Collaborators

    Arq.o José Carlos Gonçalves, Arq.o Helder Magalhães e Arq.o Guilherme Burmester
  • Project Area

    3160.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +37

Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos

01:00 - 6 January, 2015
Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos , © Paulo Goulart
© Paulo Goulart
  • Architects

  • Location

    Ponta Delgada, Portugal
  • Authors

    Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
  • Architect in Charge

    Fernando Monteiro
  • Project Team

    Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa, Pedro Furtado, Diana Policarpo, Maria Melo Bento, Carolina Oliveira
  • Project Area

    320 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

© Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart © Paulo Goulart +33

House in Guimarães / Elisabete de Oliveira Saldanha

01:00 - 5 January, 2015
House in Guimarães / Elisabete de Oliveira Saldanha, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +74

AD Classics: Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 2 January, 2015
AD Classics: Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Dacian Groza
© Dacian Groza

At the Expo ’98 Portuguese National Pavilion, structure and architectural form work in graceful harmony. Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal, the heart of the design is an enormous and impossibly thin concrete canopy, draped effortlessly between two mighty porticoes and framing a commanding view of the water. The simple, gestural move is both weightless and mighty, a bold architectural solution to the common problem of the covered public plaza. Under the graceful touch of Álvaro Siza Vieira, physics and physical form theatrically engage one another, and simplicity and clarity elevate the pavilion to the height of modern sophistication.

© flickr user bricolage 108 © flickr user Paulo Guerra © flickr user Valentina Innocente © Dacian Groza +12

Milhundos House / Graciana Oliveira

01:00 - 2 January, 2015
Milhundos House / Graciana Oliveira, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +21

Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls / Corpo Atelier

01:00 - 1 January, 2015
Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls / Corpo Atelier , © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
  • Architects

  • Location

    Sernancelhe, Portugal
  • Design Team

    Filipe Paixão
  • Construction

    Window to the Future (www.wtfc.pt) and Opus Nobel Energia
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves +32

A029 / Camarim Arquitectos

01:00 - 31 December, 2014
A029 / Camarim Arquitectos, © Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido +16