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6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

09:30 - 27 February, 2017
6 Unique Long Weekend Travel Ideas for Architects

The "architectural pilgrimage" is much more than just everyday tourism. Studying and admiring a building through text and images often creates a hunger in architects, thanks to the space between the limitations of 2D representation and the true experience of the building. Seeing a building in person that one has long loved from a distance can become something of a spiritual experience, and architects often plan vacations around favorite or important spaces. But too often, architects become transfixed by a need to visit the same dozen European cities that have come to make up the traveling architect's bucket list.

The list here shares some sites that may not have made your list just yet. Although somewhat less well known than the canonical cities, the architecture of these six cities is sure to hold its ground against the world's best. The locations here make ideal long weekend trips (depending of course on where you are traveling from), although it never hurts to have more than a few days to really become immersed in a city. We have selected a few must-see buildings from each location, but each has even more to offer than what you see here—so don't be afraid to explore!

The Green House / URBAstudios

05:00 - 27 February, 2017
The Green House  / URBAstudios, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +28

  • Architects

  • Location

    Porto, Portugal
  • Architect in Charge

    Nuno Alves de Carvalho
  • Area

    49.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza

06:00 - 23 February, 2017
Eduardo Souto de Moura Designs Portuguese Coin Commemorating Álvaro Siza, Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook
Coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura. Image via OASRS - Facebook

The 2017 Portuguese Commemorative Coins were unveiled this week in the Casa da Moeda, where the themes, authors and designs for the commemorative, chain and collector's coins to be issued throughout the year were shown. 

Among the novelties, a new series dedicated to Portuguese Architecture stands out, which includes a coin dedicated to Álvaro Siza Vieira designed by Eduardo Souto Moura, two great names in Portuguese architecture.

House Obidos / Russell Jones Architects + RSM arquitecto

09:00 - 22 February, 2017
House Obidos / Russell Jones Architects + RSM arquitecto, © Joao Morgado
© Joao Morgado

© Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado © Joao Morgado +37

Open Patio House / PROD arquitectura & design

03:00 - 22 February, 2017
Open Patio House / PROD arquitectura & design, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +28

Casa Acreditar Porto / Atelier do cardoso arquitectos

02:00 - 21 February, 2017
Casa Acreditar Porto / Atelier do cardoso arquitectos, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado +48

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. Académico Futebol Club 364, 4200 Porto, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Mafalda Ribeiro Ambrósio, João Gomes Leitão
  • Area

    1700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos

04:00 - 20 February, 2017
Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos

Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos Transforma Art Studios / Pedro Gadanho + CVDB arquitectos +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    2560 Torres Vedras, Portugal
  • Architects in Charge

    Pedro Gadanho, Cristina Veríssimo, Diogo Burnay
  • Team

    Rodolfo Reis, Joana Barrelas, João Falcão, Ariadna Nieto, Miguel Travesso
  • Area

    1750.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014

Pixelmatters HQ / Pixelmatters

09:00 - 19 February, 2017
Pixelmatters HQ / Pixelmatters, © Armazém Criativo
© Armazém Criativo

© Armazém Criativo © Armazém Criativo © Armazém Criativo © Armazém Criativo +41

  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. dos Aliados, 4000 Porto, Portugal
  • Woodwork

    Guilhermino Oliveira
  • Construction Management

    André Oliveira, Ana Gomes
  • Area

    360.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

House L27 / DIONISO LAB

03:00 - 16 February, 2017
House L27 / DIONISO LAB, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +31

  • Architects

  • Location

    Beiriz, 4495, Portugal
  • Author

    José Cadilhe
  • Team

    José Cadilhe, Emanuel Fontoura
  • Area

    256.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Rural Houses Refurbishment in Trebilhadouro / André Tavares

11:00 - 15 February, 2017
Rural Houses Refurbishment in Trebilhadouro / André Tavares, © Arménio Teixeira
© Arménio Teixeira

© Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira © Arménio Teixeira +27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Aldeia do Trebilhadouro nº112 - Roge, 3730-704 Vale de Cambra, Portugal
  • Area

    897.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Mercado do Gado / Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design

02:00 - 15 February, 2017
Mercado do Gado / Carvalho Araújo, Arquitectura e Design, ©  Pedro Lobo
© Pedro Lobo

©  Pedro Lobo ©  Pedro Lobo © Hugo Carvalho Araújo ©  Pedro Lobo +15

This Video of Spaceworkers' Casa Cabo de Vila Was Inspired by "The Shining"

06:00 - 14 February, 2017
This Video of Spaceworkers' Casa Cabo de Vila Was Inspired by "The Shining", © Building Pictures
© Building Pictures

This is a story about a girl..... her red tricycle, and of a beautiful house. Inspired by “The Shining” from Stanley Kubrick.

In this film, by architects Spaceworkers and produced by Building Pictures, of Cabo de Vila House instead of using the tricycle and the space to install a sense of madness, the idea of the project is to show that the house has no barriers between the different spaces. The house is set up as an organic geometry that establishes hierarchies between spaces allowing mutual visual contact. What better way to show this than to follow a young girl as she travels through the house on her tricycle. 

Check out the full video and more about the project after the break. 

Quinta do Fortunato / José Luís Veloso

03:00 - 14 February, 2017
Quinta do Fortunato / José Luís Veloso, © Paulo Carvalho
© Paulo Carvalho

© Paulo Carvalho © Paulo Carvalho © Paulo Carvalho © Paulo Carvalho +79

Projects by Alejandro Aravena and Carrilho da Graça Announced in Lisbon

18:00 - 12 February, 2017
Projects by Alejandro Aravena and Carrilho da Graça Announced in Lisbon, via Sede EDP / Aires Mateus
via Sede EDP / Aires Mateus

Público published a report today that Chilean architect and 2016 Pritzker Prize Laureate Alejandro Aravena has been invited to design a project for the EDP (Energias de Portugal), complementing the Aires Mateus-designed Sede da EDP (EDP Headquarters) in Lisbon.

At the end of 2016 Portuguese architect João Luis Carrilho da Graça was invited to design a hotel to support the EDP's new facilities and refurbishment of its existing spaces. Carrilho da Graça is also responsible for the urban plan of the area in which the projects will be developed and built--the Zona da Boavista Nascente, between Santos and the Cais do Sodré

Paço de Vitorino Hotel / PROD arquitectura & design

02:00 - 12 February, 2017
Paço de Vitorino Hotel / PROD arquitectura & design, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado Paço de Vitorino Hotel / PROD arquitectura & design +82

Watch AL_A’s MAAT Museum in Lisbon Shimmer in this 4K Timelapse Video

14:00 - 7 February, 2017

Located along banks of the Tagus in the Lisbon neighborhood of Belém, AL_A's recently completed Museum of Art, Architecture, and Technology (MAAT) has brightened up the Lisbon waterfront with its sleek form and glimmering materiality since its opening last October. These qualities have now been captured in a 4K timelapse video by photographer and filmmaker Alejandro Villanueva. The video shows how the building’s presence transforms throughout the day, as the sun reflects off of its unique ceramic facade.

© Alejandro Villanueva © Alejandro Villanueva © Alejandro Villanueva © Alejandro Villanueva +16

Moinho das Fragas / Bruno Dias arquitectura

03:00 - 7 February, 2017
Moinho das Fragas  / Bruno Dias arquitectura, © Hugo Santos Silva
© Hugo Santos Silva

© Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva © Hugo Santos Silva +33

Casa dos Abraços / Marlene Uldschmidt

09:00 - 3 February, 2017
Casa dos Abraços / Marlene Uldschmidt, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG +30

  • Architects

  • Location

    8400 Ferragudo, Portugal
  • Project Team

    Maurícia Bento, Sara Glória, Nuno Adão Pinto, Ana Filipa Santos
  • Area

    140.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs