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S. Mamede House / Aires Mateus

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

AD Round Up: Portugal's Micro-Hotels

This Financial Times article describes the Post-Recession paradigm shift occurring in Portuguese architecture -- from construction to landscape, large to small. Pritzker Prize winners Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura have been leading this "micro" trend, designing hotels with exceptional materiality and craft. We've decided to round up some of these extraordinary structures, including: Casa Na Areia and Cabanas no Rio by Aires MateusJorge Sousa Santos’ Rio do Prado, the Ecork Hotel by Jose Carlos Cruz and Villa Extramuros by Jordi Fornells. Last but not least, is ArchDaily’s building of the year for hospitality architecture -- the Tree Snake Houses from father Luís Rebelo de Andrade and son Tiago Rebelo de Andrade.

Aires Mateus Chosen to Design University of Architecture, Tournai

The prestigious Portuguese office Aires Mateus - formed by brothers Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - has won a competition to design the new headquarters of the University of Architecture in Tournai, Belgium.

More information on the project, after the break...

AD Interviews: Francisco Aires Mateus

Aires Mateus - founded by brothers and partners, Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus - is an acclaimed contemporary practice that upholds the strong tradition of Portuguese architecture. We recently had the chance to interview one of the partners: Francisco Aires Mateus.

AD Round Up: Aires Mateus

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Alcácer do Sal Residences / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: Alcacer do Sal, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Francisco Aires Mateus & Manuel Aires Mateus
  • Design Team: Giacomo Brenna, Paola Marini, Anna Bacchetta, Miguel Pereira
  • Area: 0.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: FG+SG | Fernando Guerra

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

Venice Biennale 2012: Radix / Aires Mateus

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

In the exteriors of the Arsenale we found Radix, the installation designed by Portuguese office Aires Mateus (Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus), an elegant contemporary response to the architectural setting of the Biennale.

© Nico Saieh
© Nico Saieh

The installation recognises the nearby docks of the Arsenale designed by Jacopo Sansovino between 1568 and 1573, which is flanked by arched walkways that inspire this structure. Radix is an arch supported on three points with the fourth corner hanging over the water,  turning the otherwise massive steel structure into a lightweight balanced volume. More pictures after the break.

House in Aroeira / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: Aroeira, Almada, Portugal
  • Architect:  Aires Mateus
  • Design Team: Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus
  • Collaborators: Francisco Caseiro, Catarina Bello,Serena Santini
  • Engineer: AFA consult
  • Client: private
  • Constructor: 2GM
  • Surface Area: 1500 m2
  • Area: 300.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010

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Sines Center for the Arts / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: Sines, Portugal
  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Project Authors: Manuel Aires Mateus & Francisco Aires Mateus
  • Project Leader: Jorge P. Silva
  • Collaborators: Rodolfo Reis Dias, Bruno Moura Anes, Pedro Anão, Cristina Fuertes Miquel, Amparo Burgos Garcia
  • Structural Engineer: Miguel Vilar - BETAR
  • Electrical Engineer: Raul Serafim
  • Water Engineer: Marta Azevedo - BETAR
  • Site Director: António Pinto
  • Client: Câmara Municipal de Sines
  • Constructor: A.M.Mesquita
  • Construction Coordination: Emília Martins
  • Area: 8065.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2005
  • Photographs: Daniel Malhão

© Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão © Daniel Malhão

Casa na Areia / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: 7580 Comporta, Portugal
  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Collaborator: Humberto Fonseca
  • Client: João Rodrigues
  • Coordinator: Maria Rebelo Pinto
  • Area: 180.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Nelson Garrido

© Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido © Nelson Garrido

Santo Tirso Call Center / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: Santo Tirso, Portugal
  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Collaborators: Marco Arraiolos, Anna Bacchetta, Bruna Parro
  • Engineering: AFA Consult
  • Client: Portugal Telecom
  • Constructor: LENA / ABRANTINA
  • Built Area: 3,985 sqm
  • Area: 4700.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2009
  • Photographs: João Morgado

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

Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum / Aires Mateus

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Location: Cascais, Portugal
  • Architect In Charge: Aires Mateus

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