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 Mateus, Jorge 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 - 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.
Francisco Aires Mateus has been a professor in Portugal and Norway. Currently, he teaches at the University of Lugano and has given lectures and seminars in Spain, the United Kingdom, Argentina, Mexico, Canada, Chile, Japan, and many other countries.
Aires Mateus has been awarded with the FAD Award on several occasions, and has also been a finalist for the Mies van der Rohe Award.
Projects by Aires Mateus on ArchDaily:
Thanks to the FAD Universidad Finis Terrae for making this interview possible.
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.
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.
Architect: Aires Mateus
Location: Aroeira, Portugal
Design Team: Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus
Date of construction: 2009-2010
Collaborators: Francisco Caseiro, Catarina Bello,Serena Santini
Engineer: AFA consult
Surface Area: 1500 sqm
Building Area: 300 sqm
Photographer: Courtesy of Aires Mateus
Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Sines, Portugal
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
Client: Câmara Municipal de Sines
Structural Engineer: Miguel Vilar – BETAR
Electrical Engineer: Raul Serafim
Water Engineer: Marta Azevedo – BETAR
Construction Coordination: Emília Martins
Site Director: António Pinto
Project Area: 8,065 sqm
Project Year: 2005
Photographs: Daniel Malhão
Architects: Aires Mateus
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Project Leaders: Valentino Capelo Sousa, Bruno Moura Anes
Collaborators: Patrícia Marques, Maria Rebelo Pinto, Tiago Mestre, Afonso Almeida Fernandes
Client: “Mar do Oriente” Cooperative
Structural Engineer: José Nascimento
Air treatment: João Soares
Electrical Engineer & Communications: Saraiva de Figueiredo
Acoustics: José Nascimento
Landscape design: Margarida Quelhas
Constructor: Empreiteiros Casais
Surface Area: 7,200 sqm
Built Area: 16,700 sqm
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra