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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

Miranda Law Firm / Rita Pinto Ribeiro

© José Pinto Ribeiro | Fotografia © José Pinto Ribeiro | Fotografia © José Pinto Ribeiro | Fotografia © José Pinto Ribeiro | Fotografia

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 2, Climbing the Stairs of Porto

ArchDaily has 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 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' first episode about Porto's shimmering lights, and now we present Episode 2 - Stairs. Read the producers' description of Episode 2 after the break. 

Tagusgás Headquarter / Saraiva + Associados

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

Pedestrian Assisted Path from Baixa To Castelo de São Jorge / Falcão de Campos

Introduction

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

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

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.