Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

About one month ago, three major figures in Portuguese architecture – Pritzker Laureate Álvaro Siza, architect Carlos Castanheira and one of today’s most prominent architectural photographers, Fernando Guerra -  began an uncommon adventure.

During 22 days the architects traveled through many Asian countries inaugurating buildings, visiting new projects and meeting other architects like Pritzker Laureate Whang Shu. At the end of their trip, the trio visited the “Shadow of light – a portrait of Álvaro Siza” exhibition opening and vernissage, in Macau, realized by Fernando Guerra.

We were able to follow this intimate journey through the images taken by Guerra and published every day in his Instagram – a careful, spontaneous and delicate photographic narrative that shows a little bit of what were these weeks with Siza and Castanheira were like. Back in Portugal, Fernando Guerra published an interesting report on those last weeks and generously shared with us both his writings and his beautiful pictures.

Read the text and enjoy Guerra’s photographs after the break.

Casa Ribeira de Abade / Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: Rua Nossa Senhora de Fátima, 4420 Valbom, Portugal
Architect In Charge: & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
Design Team: Duarte Rodrigues, Sofia Reis, Demis Lopes, Barbara Guedes, Isabel Ribeiro, Bruno André, Luís Calheiros, João Figueiredo
Year: 2005
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa Costa Grande / Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: Cemitério de São João de Ovil, 4640 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
Design Team: Luís Reis, Isabel Norton, Eliana Sousa, Patrícia Carvalho, João Figueiredo, Susana Oliveira
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Courtesy of Carlos Castanheira

Quinta da Faísca / Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: 5070-272 Favaios,
Architect In Charge: Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
Design Team: Orlando Sousa, Sérgio Barbosa
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Courtesy of Carlos Castanheira

Casa Madalena / Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: 4400-431 , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
Design Team: Orlando Sousa, Vasco Melo, Ricardo Leite, Sofia Costa Reis, Demis Lopes, Luís Calheiros, João Figueiredo
Year: 2008
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

After inaugurating his first building in – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum – which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Casa Avenal / Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: Avenal, 3720, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda
Design Team: Hellen van het hart, Sofia Reis, Duarte Rodrigues, Demis Lopes, Luís Calheiros
Year: 2004
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

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Architects: Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira
Location: Huai’an, Jiangsu,
Architects In Charge: Álvaro Siza e Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner: United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
Project Management: Stephen Want & Richard Wang
Client: Por-Shih, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial Jiangsu Co., Ltd.
Project Area: 11000 sqm
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China

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We are excited to share these exclusive photos taken by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in : The Building on the Water.

Evoking the image of a dragon perched elegantly on water, the contours of the building seem to move gently in a perfect synergy between local symbolism and the subtle elements of Siza. Snaking around, the form escapes formal convention, emerging as an autonomous entity that contrasts with the orthogonal form of the factory complex. The delicate transition geometry of curves and bridges that connect the different spaces and pavements makes this project one of the most striking examples of Siza’s distinctive architecture. 

Through different shades, reflections and his unmatched composition of light and shadows, Fernando Guerra’s striking images show a poetic scene and the perfect relationship between the building and its environment. We can envision the changes and transitions that the white concrete building goes through as a result of its contact with the water throughout the day.

Read on after the break to see the exclusive images…

Alvaro Siza’s Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan

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Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Taifong Club, in Changhua, Taiwan. 

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Architects: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner | Project Management and Construction Supervision: Ho+Hou Studio Architects and Studio Base Architects
Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

Amore Pacific Research & Design Center / Alvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Kim Jong Kyu

FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra

Architects: Alvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and
Location: Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Practice in : Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai
Coordinator: Pedro Carvalho
Collaborators: Eliana Sousa, Im Yo Jin, Ricardo Serra, Patrícia Carvalho, João Figueiredo
Practice in Korea: M.A.R.U. Metropolitan Architecture Research Unit
Coordinator: Kim Soo Young
Collaborators: Min Jun Kee, Jang Byul, Kim Young Soon, Lee Zoo Hwa
Project Area: 26,029 sqm
Project Year: 2008-2010
Photographs: FG+SG –Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra