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Vidigal House / Contaminar Arquitectos

  • Architects: Contaminar Arquitectos
  • Location: Leiria, Portugal
  • Design Team: arch. Joel Esperança, arch. Ruben Vaz, designer Romeu Sousa
  • Collaborators: Frederico Louçano, Hugo Rainho, Margarida Carrilho
  • Area: 246.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

RENOVA Store & Theatre / Phyd Arquitectura

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

SilverWoodHouse / Ernesto Pereira

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 6 – Walking Through the Doors of Porto

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

The series was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ fifth episode on Porto’s textures, and now we present Episode 6 – Doors. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Office Conversion in Cascais / GGLLatelier

  • Architects: GGLLatelier
  • Location: Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Gabriela Gonçalves, Leonel Lopes
  • Design Team: José Doroana, Miguel Malaquias, Gary Barber, Alexandre Gonçalves
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Courtesy of GGLL atelier

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Urban House in Tua do Lindo Vale / Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira

  • Architects: Ana Cláudia Monteiro + Vítor Oliveira
  • Location: Rua Lindo Vale, 4200 Porto, Portugal
  • Area: 249.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos

Prazeres House / José Adrião Arquitectos

  • Architects: José Adrião Arquitectos
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architecture Phase 01: Tiago Mota (Project Manager), Carla Gonçalves, Luís Valente, Rui Didier, Tatiana Mourisca
  • Architecture Phase 02: Ricardo Aboim Inglez (Project Manager), Margarida Lameiro, Rute Ribeiro, Tiago Mota
  • Project Area: 351 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

AR Issues: Architects Don't Invent, They Transform

ArchDaily is continuing our partnership with The Architectural Review, bringing you short introductions to the themes of the magazine’s monthly editions. In this editorial from AR’s February 2015 issue, AR Editor Catherine Slessor reflects on Álvaro Siza's ouevre, from his early work in Évora to his latest effort in China. Though the latter is admittedly elegant, Slessor concludes that in comparison to his older transformative designs the recent incarnation of "brand Siza" is a "predictable triumph of style over content."

The great Portuguese Modernist Fernando Távora once remarked "Style is not of importance; what counts is the relation between the work and life, style is only the consequence of it." His friend and protégé Álvaro Siza echoed this sentiment when he said: "Architecture does not have a pre-established language nor does it establish a language. It is a response to a concrete problem, a situation in transformation, in which I participate. In architecture, we have already passed the phase during which we thought that the unity of language would resolve everything. A pre-established language, pure, beautiful, does not interest me."

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 5 - the Varied Textures of Porto

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

The series was launched in December 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ fourth episode on Porto's natural environment, and now we present Episode 5 – Textures. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Pala Living Room / Nuno Melo Sousa

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 4, Natural Porto

We have teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ third episode about Porto’s balconies, and now we present Episode 4 – Nature. Read the producers’ description of Episode 4 after the break.

Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob

  • Architects: ateliermob
  • Location: 2205-102 Alvega, Portugal
  • Design Team: Andreia Salavessa, Tiago Mota Saraiva, Vera João, Ana Luísa Cunha, Rita Aguiar Rodrigues, Carine Pimenta, João Afonso Almeida, Mariana Simões, João Torres, Sophia Walk
  • Area: 320.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira

Kinematix / LIKEarchitects

  • Architects: LIKEarchitects
  • Location: Porto, Portugal
  • Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Tània Costa Coll, Álvaro Vila Iturbe
  • Client: Kinematix
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Dinis Sottomayor Photography

© Dinis Sottomayor Photography © Dinis Sottomayor Photography © Dinis Sottomayor Photography © Dinis Sottomayor Photography

House in Estoril / TARGA atelier

© Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira © Francisco Nogueira

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 3, On Top of Porto's Balconies

We teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” 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.

Last week we presented the series’ second episode on the stairs of Porto, and now we present Episode 3 – Balconies. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Equestrian Centre / Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Courtesy of Carlos Castanheira © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

wonderWALL / LIKEarchitects

  • Architects: LIKEarchitects
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and João Salgueiro, Daniel Mudrak
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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