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Miranda Law Firm / Rita Pinto Ribeiro

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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

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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.

Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

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E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

  • Architects: SAMI-arquitectos
  • Location: Pico Island, Portugal
  • Architects In Charge: Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
  • Area: 214.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2013
  • Photographs: Paulo Catrica

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House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos

  • Architects: Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos
  • Location: São Pedro do Estoril, 2765-529 Estoril, Portugal
  • Design Team: Filipe Nascimento, Mário Crespo
  • Area: 452.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

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Technological Park in Obidos / Jorge Mealha

Design concepts & site conditions

Embraced House / Pedro Quintela

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Winery / A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados

  • Architects: A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados
  • 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

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Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos

  • Architects: M-Arquitectos
  • 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

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