Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Architects: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
Location: ,
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

YouTube Preview Image

In an essay and accompanying mini-documentary film by Ellis Woodman for The Architectural Review, Siza’s iconic Quinta da Malagueira 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

House in Póvoa / Luis Peixoto

© Armenio Texeira

Architects: Luis Peixoto
Location: Póvoa do Varzim, 4490-520 ,
Project Area: 650.0 m2
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Armenio Texeira

House in Estoril / Ricardo Moreno Arquitectos

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Location: São Pedro do Estoril, 2765-529 Estoril,
Design Team: Filipe Nascimento, Mário Crespo
Area: 452.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Technological Park in Obidos / Jorge Mealha

© João Morgado

Architects: Jorge Mealha
Location: Óbidos Municipality,
Design Team: Andreia Baptista, Carlos Paulo, Diogo Oliveira Rosa, Filipa Ferreira da Silva, Filipa Collot, Gonçalo Freitas Silva, Inês Novais
Year: 2014
Photographs: João Morgado

RM House / Fernando Coelho

© José Campos

Architects: Fernando Coelho
Location: , Portugal
Area: 540.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: José Campos

Embraced House / Pedro Quintela

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Architects: Pedro Quintela – O Espírito do Lugar
Location: Rua da Malveira 98, 2755 ,
Area: 130.0 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Escritórios Revigrés / Carlos Castanheira


Architects: Carlos Castanheira
Location: Barrô, Portugal
Design Team: José Carlos Soares, Joana Catarino, Carolina Leite
Year: 2013
Photographs: Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

Winery / A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados

© Fernando Guerra |

Architects: A.Burmester Arquitectos Associados
Location: Presandães, 5070-129 , Portugal
Project Architects: Alexandre Burmester e Jorge Toscano
Collaborators: Arq.o José Carlos Gonçalves, Arq.o Helder Magalhães e Arq.o Guilherme Burmester
Project Area: 3160.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Casa en Praia dos Santos / M-Arquitectos


Architects: M-Arquitectos
Location: Ponta Delgada,
Authors: Fernando Monteiro, Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa
Architect In Charge: Fernando Monteiro
Project Team: Marco Resendes, Miguel Sousa, Pedro Furtado, Diana Policarpo, Maria Melo Bento, Carolina Oliveira
Project Area: 320 sqm
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Paulo Goulart

House in Guimarães / Elisabete de Oliveira Saldanha

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Location: Guimarães,
Preparation Of Design Work: Elisabete Saldanha, Filipe Santos, Paulo Castro
Area: 2010.0 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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

© 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 , 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.

Milhundos House / Graciana Oliveira

© João Morgado

Location: , Portugal
Area: 420.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

Wood Structure Inside Stone Walls / Corpo Atelier

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Architects: Corpo Atelier
Location: Sernancelhe,
Design Team: Filipe Paixão
Construction: Window to the Future ( and Opus Nobel Energia
Year: 2014
Photographs: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

A029 / Camarim Arquitectos

© Nelson Garrido

Architects: Camarim Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Year: 2014
Photographs: Nelson Garrido

Pieres House / Graciana Oliveira

© João Morgado

Location: Penafiel,
Area: 430.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado