Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

We are excited to share these exclusive photos taken by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in China: 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 Golf Club, in Changhua,

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.

AL House / Studio Arthur Casas

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Architects: Studio Arthur Casas
Location: Praia de São Conrado,
Architect In Charge: Arthur Casas, Marina Werfel, Regiane Khristian, Renata Adoni
Area: 485.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

House in a Wall / Sérgio Koch

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: Sérgio Koch
Location: Porto,
Site Area: 813 sqm
Area: 510.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

World Photo Day: Fernando Guerra by Marcio Kogan

House P / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

The architect and architectural photographer Fernanado Guerra the studio FG+SG with his brother Sérgio Guerra in co-founded 15 years ago. Nowadays they are responsible for most of the dissemination of Portuguese contemporary architecture.

Fernando’s remarkable work is honored in our celebration of the World Photo Day through the words of renowed brazilian architect Marcio Kogan, from studiomk27.

Rocas House / Studio MK27 + 57STUDIO

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: Studio MK27, 57STUDIO
Location: El Pangue, Zapallar, Valparaíso Region,
Author: Marcio Kogan
Co Author: Renata Furlanetto, Maurizio Angelini, Benjamín Oportot
Project Team: Carlos Costa, Diana Radomysler, Laura Guedes, Maria Cristina Motta, Mariana Simas
Project Area: 460.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Photos of Álvaro Siza’s Fundação Iberê Camargo, by Fernando Guerra

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 “A painter is a magician that immobilizes time.”  - Iberê Camargo

The Fundação Iberê Camargo, which received a Golden Lion at the 2002 Venice Biennale of Architecture, is Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in Brazil. It serves as an architectural exemplar not only for the city of Porto Alegre, but also for the entire country of Brazil. Defined by Siza as “quasi-arquitecture” — with careful explorations of light, texture, movement and space–the building cultivates a direct relationship between the viewer and the artwork, and, in turn, allows visitors to richly come into contact with Iberê’s (one of the great names of twentieth-century Brazilian art) work.

“Architects don’t invent anything, they just transform reality.” - Álvaro Siza

The first in Brazil to use white concrete–seen around the entire exterior– the building does not use any bricks. The visitor is guided through a trajectory of descent throughout the building via ramps in the nine exhibition halls. The monolith is supported by massive slabs, pillars and beams. No detail escaped the hands of the architect; the furniture and signage were also designed by Siza.

Last week, the project was nominated as one of seven finalists in the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP). Now in its first edition, and with a distinguished jury (Francisco Liernur, , , Dominique Perrault, e Kenneth Frampton), the MCHAP recognizes exceptional architecture built in the first 13 years of the 21st century.

With this news, we are presenting an extensive set of photos of this important project, realized and generously shared by one of the world’s most important architecture photographers: Fernando Guerra of FG+SG - Últimas reportagens.

Story written by Joanna Helm for ArchDaily Brasil. Translated by Becky Quintal.

Scroll to see Guerra’s beautiful images of the Fundação Iberê Camargo:

Cultura Bookstore / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Diana Radomysler + Luciana Antunes + Marcio Tanaka + Mariana Ruzante

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Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan, , Luciana Antunes, Marcio Tanaka, Mariana Ruzante
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
Co Architects: Diana Radomysler . Luciana Antunes . Marcio Tanaka . Mariana Ruzante
Project Team: Carlos Costa . Eline Ostyn . Laura Guedes . Maria Cristina Motta . Mariana Simas . Regiane Leão
Studio Team : Beatriz Meyer . Carolina Castroviejo . Eduardo Chalabi . Eduardo Glycerio . Eduardo Gurian . Elisa Friedmann . Gabriel Kogan . Lair Reis . Oswaldo Pessano . Renata Furlanetto . Samanta Cafardo . Suzana Glogowski
Area: 2500.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Instalação Bar / José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto

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Architects: José Carlos Cruz Arquitecto
Location: Porto, Portugal
Area: 250.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Escola Secundária Garcia da Orta / Bak Gordon Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Architects: Bak Gordon Arquitectos
Location: Boavista, 4050-426 Porto,
Architect In Charge: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Year: 2010
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Escola Secundária da Amora / Bak Gordon Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: Bak Gordon Arquitectos
Location: 2845 ,
Architect In Charge: Ricardo Bak Gordon
Year: 2010
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Fernando Guerra’s Stunning Images of Álvaro Siza’s Most Inspiring Works

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Today, the renowned Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza turns 81. To celebrate, we’ve rounded-up some of Siza’s most inspiring works, all courtesy of Fernando Guerra and Sergio Guerra – FG + SG.

Siza was born in Matosinhos, Portugal, in 1933. His first work was built in 1954, before Siza had even completed his studies at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Porto (now Faculty of Architecture, University of Porto – FAUP).

Fogo Natural Park Venue / OTO

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

Architects: OTO
Location: Fogo,
Project Team: André Castro Santos, Miguel Ribeiro de Carvalho, Nuno Teixeira Martins, Ricardo Barbosa Vicente
Area: 3200.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

The P House / Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis

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Architects: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan, Lair Reis
Location: São Paulo, Brazil
Architect In Charge: Marcio Kogan
Interior: Diana Radomysler
Area: 773.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Fernando Guerra On Photography In The Internet Age

Aires Mateus Arquitectos / House in Alcobaça, . Image © Fernando Guerra

In this interview, originally published by Paperhouses as “Decisive Moment: Conversation With Fernando Guerra“, the Portuguese photographer details his career in architectural photography, and how he approaches the art of photographing buildings. As an advocate of free sharing and online publicity, and one of a new breed of who – shock horror – likes to include people in his shots of buildings, Guerra is well placed to explain how the world of architectural photography has changed over the past decade.

I do not want to call it an interview—it was a fabulous discussion that Fernando Guerra led as a loose narrative with notes on work that he practices with hedonism and filled with life. They are all stories dedicated to the great beauty of doing what one loves and letting it grow.

Read on after the break for the interview

Constell.ation / LIKEarchitects

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Architects:
Location: Lisbon,
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Project Team: Diogo Aguiar, João Jesus, Teresa Otto e Álvaro Villa, Tania Costa Coll
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

AD Round Up: The Architecture Photography of Fernando Guerra

Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension / ARX . Image Courtesy of FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Today, we’d like to commemorate the captivating of Fernando Guerra. The Portuguese architect-turned-photographer’s work has graced our webpages many times since he began his career in 2001. In a recent interview with Paperhouses, he recalls the evolution of his aspiration to capture decisive architectural moments. Here are five of our favorites: Cube HouseAlcácer do Sal Residences, House in Fontinha, the Pocinho Center for High Performance Rowing, and the Ílhavo Maritime Museum Extension.

Fazenda Boa Vista – Spa / Isay Weinfeld

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: Isay Weinfeld
Location: , Brasil
Author: Isay Weinfeld
Project Manager: Monica Cappa Santoni
Collaborators: Domingos Pascali, Marcelo Alvarenga
Project Team: Adriana Aun, Juliana Scalizi, Guilherme Leme, Carolina Miranda
Area: 1739.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG