Álvaro Siza Vieira

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Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Aresta + G.O.P.

11:00 - 4 February, 2016
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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AD Classics: Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza

01:00 - 2 January, 2015
© flickr user Dacian Groza
© flickr user Dacian Groza

At the Expo ’98 Portuguese National Pavilion, structure and architectural form work in graceful harmony. Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River in Lisbon, Portugal, the heart of the design is an enormous and impossibly thin concrete canopy, draped effortlessly between two mighty porticoes and framing a commanding view of the water. The simple, gestural move is both weightless and mighty, a bold architectural solution to the common problem of the covered public plaza. Under the graceful touch of Álvaro Siza Vieira, physics and physical form theatrically engage one another, and simplicity and clarity elevate the pavilion to the height of modern sophistication.

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Iberê Camargo Foundation: Standards and Variations

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

It could have been a rectangular prism whose length measures forty-one meters and a half, whose width measures thirty-three meters, and whose height measures twenty-five meters. It could have been, if the projection had ended in the trace of a pure rule. It could have been almost the same: three elevated plans, each formed by three rectangular exhibitions rooms, placed at two consecutive faces and connected by ramps that run on the two other faces. Then, a four-story-high atrium rises between circulations and rooms, creating a diagonal symmetry inside the building.

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Huai'an, Jiangsu, China
  • Architects in Charge

    Álvaro Siza e Carlos Castanheira
  • Portugal’s Office

    CC&CB - Arquitectos Lda.
  • Principals in charge

    1st phase (preliminary project) : Pedro Carvalho, Luís Reis. 2st phase (execution project) : Luís Reis
  • Collaborators

    Diana Vasconcelos, Susana Oliveira, Elisabete Queirós, Orlando Sousa, Rita Ferreira, João Figueiredo, Caitriona, Carolina Leite, Anand Sonecha.
  • Local Permit Architects and Engineers

    United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
  • Project management & construction supervision

    Stephen Wang, Richard Wang, Chiou-Huei Lin (WZWX Architecture Group)
  • 3d Models/Renders

    Francesco Sechi, João Figueiredo, Pedro Afonso, José Soares
  • Creative Integration Consultant

    Xue Xue Institute, Xue Xue Foundation
  • Engineering

    Shanghai Qingya Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Co. (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications and security installation) RFR Shanghai (Stuctural review) Geberit China (Water drainage)
  • Construction company

    Zhejiang Urban Construction Group
  • Consultants

    HDP – Paulo Fidalgo (Structure) GET – Raul Bessa (Mechanical) GPIC – Alexandre Martins (Lighting) SIKA – Helena Beleza (Waterproofing of the concrete construction)
  • Client

    Por-Shih Lin, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area

    11000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

    Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

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AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
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© via Wikipedia Commons

Bonjour Tristesse is a social housing project designed by Portuguese Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Located in Berlin, the project was Siza’s first built work outside of his native country.  Siza’s design offers a meaningful precedent in urban densification, demonstrating a delicate balance between contextual awareness, creative freedom, and progressive vision.

Project site before construction. Image © Flickr user Hen's March © Flickr user Humberto Marum © Flickr user lortnoc © Flickr user jaime.silva +9

Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios
Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios

Commissioned after winning an international competition in 2010, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera and Granada-based Juan Domingo Santos have unveiled designs for a new entrance and visitors center at the Alhambra World Heritage site. A result of “superimposing a regular geometry over a territory of topography,” the new gate rearranges visitor access into the more than 1000-year-old monument through a series of enclosed, shaded courtyards and open, sunlit terraces. 

Following to his experience at the Alhambra in 2009, Siza journaled about his envision for the new gate, stating: “…from bright sun to shadows, from warmth to coolness, from wide to intimate focus, I like to dream about my project before I set it down in any detail.”

AD Classics: Boa Nova Tea House / Alvaro Siza

01:00 - 5 April, 2013
© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

The Boa Nova Tea House, one of Siza's earliest commissions, was awarded to him in 1956. His collaborator, Fernando Tavora, had won the competition for the project and passed it onto Alvaro Siza. Its location close to Siza's home town had its significance, especially due to the architect's intimate familiarity with the landscape. This is noticed in his incorporation of the rock formation, the ocean, and the greenery within the project, revealing a vivid understanding of the qualities of the local landscape. Alongside the Leça Swimming Pools, this project represents the foundation of Siza's architecture with a compelling regard for nature.

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Fire Station in Santo Tirso / Alvaro Siza

01:00 - 18 February, 2013
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© Joao Morgado - Architecture Photography

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Vidago Palace & Spa / Alvaro Siza

01:00 - 18 May, 2012
© Nelson Garrido
© Nelson Garrido

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Flashback: Tolo House / Alvaro Leite Siza

01:00 - 27 September, 2011
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
  • Architects

    Alvaro Leite Siza
  • Location

    Lugar das Carvalhinhas - Alvite, freguesia de Cerva, Ribeira da Pena District
  • Architects

    Alvaro Leite Siza
  • Services

    GOP
  • Landscape

    Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
  • Client

    Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
  • Contractor

    Óscar Gouveia
  • Materials

    Concrete
  • Site Area

    1000 m2
  • Area

    180.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

    FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

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AD Classics: AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza

01:00 - 6 August, 2011

AD Classics: AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza AD Classics: AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza AD Classics: AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza AD Classics: AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Alvaro Siza +18

Architecture City Guide: Berlin

10:00 - 27 July, 2011
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Courtesy of Flickr CC License / alexthompson

This week, with the help of our readers, our Architecture City Guide is headed to Berlin. The twentieth century changed nearly all cities, but perhaps none more so than Berlin. From its destruction in World War II that left few historic buildings intact to its division until 1989 that brought together the architecture of two competing ideologies into one city, Berlin’s modern and contemporary architecture speaks to a past that seldom accompanies such recent additions. The city is filled with new and wonderful architecture that might not have found space in other cities in Europe. With that in mind, we were unable feature all our readers’ suggestions on the first go around. We will be adding to the list in the near future, so please add more of your favorites in the comment section below. Once again, thanks to all our readers for your help.

The Architecture City Guide: Berlin list and corresponding map after the break.

Fez House / Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira

01:00 - 22 February, 2011
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© FG+SG - Fernando Guerra

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AD Classics: Santa Maria Church de Canaveses / Alvaro Siza

01:00 - 16 February, 2011
Courtesy of Alvaro Siza Website
Courtesy of Alvaro Siza Website

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Mimesis Museum / Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim

01:00 - 23 September, 2010
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
  • Architects

  • Location

    Paju Book City, Republic of Korea
  • Architects

    Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim
  • Project Coordinator

    Dalila Gomes
  • Collaborators

    Chungheon Han, João Figueiredo
  • Structure

    Gayoon ENC
  • Mechanical Installations

    Hansan Engineering Co.
  • Construction Coordinator

    Young-il Park
  • Client

    Open Books Publishing Co.
  • Electricity

    Jung-Myoung Engeneering Group Co.
  • Construction Company

    Hanool Construction Co.
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs

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