Pala Living Room / Nuno Melo Sousa

© José Campos

Architects: Nuno Melo Sousa
Location: Pala, 4630,
Area: 36.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Campos

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 4, Natural Porto

We have teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ third episode about ’s balconies, and now we present Episode 4 – Nature. Read the producers’ description of Episode 4 after the break.

Alvega Canoeing Center / ateliermob

© Francisco Nogueira

Architects: ateliermob
Location: 2205-102 , Portugal
Design Team: Andreia Salavessa, Tiago Mota Saraiva, Vera João, Ana Luísa Cunha, Rita Aguiar Rodrigues, Carine Pimenta, João Afonso Almeida, Mariana Simões, João Torres, Sophia Walk
Area: 320.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

Kinematix / LIKEarchitects

© Dinis Sottomayor Photography

Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: Porto,
Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and Tània Costa Coll, Álvaro Vila Iturbe
Client: Kinematix
Year: 2014
Photographs: Dinis Sottomayor Photography

House in Estoril / TARGA atelier

© Francisco Nogueira

Architects: TARGA atelier
Location: ,
Area: 340.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Francisco Nogueira

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 3, On Top of Porto’s Balconies

We teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights ’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years.

The series is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we presented the series’ second episode on the stairs of Porto, and now we present Episode 3 – Balconies. Read the producers’ description of the video after the break.

Equestrian Centre / Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai

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Architects: Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Orlando Sousa, Fernanda Sá, Joana Catarino, Cátia Carvalho, Pedro Afonso, Adele Pinna, Sofia Conceição, Inês Bastos, Diana Vasconcelos, Nuno Campos
Year: 2012
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, Courtesy of Carlos Castanheira

Miranda Law Firm / Rita Pinto Ribeiro

© José Pinto Ribeiro | Fotografia

Architects: Rita Pinto Ribeiro
Location: ,
Area: 3880.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Pinto Ribeiro | Fotografia

wonderWALL / LIKEarchitects

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Architects: LIKEarchitects
Location: , Portugal
Design Team: Diogo Aguiar, Teresa Otto, João Jesus and João Salgueiro, Daniel Mudrak
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / Menos é Mais Arquitectos + João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto

© José Campos

Architects: Menos é Mais Arquitectos,
Location: Ribeira Grande, Portugal
Architect In Charge: Francisco Vieira de Campos (João Mendes Ribeiro Arquitecto), Cristina Guedes, João Mendes Ribeiro ()
Project Team: Inês Mesquita, Cristina Maximino, João Pontes, Luís Campos, Ana Leite Fernandes, Mariana Sendas, Pedro Costa, Inês Ferreira, João Fernandes, Ricardo Cardoso, Óscar Ribas, Ana Cerqueira, Joana Figueiredo, João Branco, Filipe Catarino, António Ferreira da Silva, Cláudia Santos, Ana Rita Martins
Coordination: Adalgisa Lopes, Jorge Teixeira Dias
Area: 12914.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Campos, Courtesy of Menos é Mais

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 2, Climbing the Stairs of Porto

ArchDaily has teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last two decades.

The series launched in 2013 and is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Last week we featured the series’ first episode about Porto’s shimmering lights, and now we present Episode 2 – Stairs. Read the producers’ description of Episode 2 after the break.

Tagusgás Headquarter / Saraiva + Associados

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Architects: Saraiva + Associados
Location: Rua Cartaxo, 2605-735 , Portugal
Client: TAGUS GÁSS
Area: 1430.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Pedestrian Assisted Path from Baixa To Castelo de São Jorge / Falcão de Campos

© José Manuel Rodrigues

Architects: Falcão de Campos
Localization: ,
Author: João Pedro Falcão de Campos
Collaborators: Filipa Mourão, Luísa Ramalho, Patrícia Cabaço, Cátia Venda, Francisco Vilaça, David Ferreira da Silva
Area: 1440.0 m2
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Manuel Rodrigues

Arquitectura à Moda do Porto: Episode 1, The Shimmering Lights of Porto

We’ve teamed up with Building PicturesFilipa Figueira and Tiago Vieira to feature weekly episodes of their video series “Arquitectura à Moda do ,” which highlights Porto’s most significant buildings over the last 20 years.

The series is comprised of 10 episodes, each focusing on a different theme: light, stairs, balconies, nature, textures, doors, windows, skylights, pavements and structures.

Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Architects: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
Location: Alcabideche,
Architects In Charge: José Guedes Cruz, César Marques, Marco Martinez Marinho
Area: 9956.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Reflections On Álvaro Siza’s Seminal Quinta da Malagueira Housing Scheme

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In an essay and accompanying mini-documentary film by Ellis Woodman for The Architectural Review, Siza’s iconic  housing estate (1973-1977) in Évora, Portugal, is comprehensively explored and examined with a refreshingly engaging critical weight. Rather than develop multi-story housing in the sensitive landscape around the city, Siza proposed “a plan that distributed the programme between two fields composed of low-rise terraced courtyard houses.” As a result, the arrangement of these structures adjust to the “undulating topography ensuring that the narrow, cobbled streets along which the houses are distributed always follow the slope.”

As is made clear in the film (above), one of the remarkable aspects about the Quinta da Malagueira estate is that it is “governed by a third layer of infrastructure” which takes the form of “an elevated network of conduits that distributes water and electricity [...] much in the manner of a miniature aqueduct.” For Siza, this was a logical move as it provided the cheapest means of distributing utilities around the complex. Woodman ultimately concludes that “Siza’s work at Malagueira invites a reading less as a fixed artefact and rather as one episode in the site’s ongoing transformation.”

Read extracts of what Pier Vittorio Aureli, Tony Fretton, and John Tuomey (among others) have said about Siza’s œuvre and approach after the break.

Melgaço Sports School Monte Prado / Pedro Reis Arquitecto

© José Campos | Architectural photography

Architects: Pedro Reis Arquitecto
Location: , Portugal
Area: 5050.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: José Campos | Architectural photography

E/C House / SAMI-arquitectos

© Paulo Catrica

Architects: SAMI-arquitectos
Location: Pico Island,
Architects In Charge: Inês Vieira da Silva, Miguel Vieira
Area: 214.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paulo Catrica