Venice Biennale 2014: Pedro Gadanho Explains Why Portugal’s Pavilion Has No Buildings At All

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The following text by Pedro Gadanho was originally published in Portuguese in Portugal’s Diário Expresso.

The most awaited event in the architecture world begins this week: the opening of the Venice Biennale. Thousands of participants, journalists, and invited guests will flood the fantastical Italian city to take the pulse of the discipline -the nations’ representations, the novelties, the state of the art. For this, the 14th edition of the Biennale, the artistic direction of Rem Koolhaas has raised great expectations: the architect behind Casa da Música is, after all, the ultimate provocateur of an architectural stardom that’s ever more predictable.

Mortuary House in Vila Caiz / Raul Sousa Cardoso + Graca Vaz

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Architects: Raul Sousa Cardoso + Graca Vaz
Location: , Portugal
Area: 110 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Jose Campos

Casa Varatojo / Atelier Data

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Architects: Atelier Data
Location: Varatojo, , Portugal
Architect In Charge: Filipe Vogt Rodrigues, Inês Maia Vicente, Marta Mateus Frazão
Design Team: Filipe Rodrigues, Inês Vicente, Marta Frazão, André Almeida, António Cotrim
Area: 380 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Richard John Seymour

Gafanha da Boa Hora School Center / António Portugal e Manuel Maria Reis

© Luís Ferreira Alves

Architects: António Portugal e Manuel Maria Reis
Location: 3840 Gafanha da Boa Hora,
Architect In Charge: António Portugal and Manuel Maria Reis
Design Team: Cláudia Freitas, Elisabete Queirós, Nelson Miranda, Pedro Pita
Area: 3100.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

Casa da Severa / José Adrião

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Architects: José Adrião
Location: Largo Severa 2, Lisbon,
Design Team: Margarida Lameiro, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Carla Gonçalves, João Matos, Ricardo Aboim Inglez, Tiago Pereira
Area: 2,014 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hugo Santos Silva

Venice Biennale 2014: Portugal to Distribute “Homeland” Newspaper Based on Housing

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This year for the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Portugal will be officially represented by newspaper. This choice in media corresponds to the possibility of framing worldviews by revelling events, culture traits and socio-economic challenges of a country.

Extensively distributed in three different editions, over the six month period of the Biennale, Homeland, News from Portugal intends to report news about current architectural, social and economic life in Portugal, reflecting on and informing about a variety of aspects of the modernization of the country over the past 100 years.

More from the curator, after the break…

DM2 Housing / OODA

© Joao Morgado

Architects: OODA
Location: Rua D. Manuel II, , Portugal
Design Team: Diogo Brito, Rodrigo Vilas-Boas, Francisco Lencastre, Francisca Santos, Lourenço Menezes Rodrigues
Area: 1,100 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: Joao Morgado

Archilapse: The Fragrante House

This time-lapse montage by Ricardo Oliveira Alves Photography explores the passage of light through the Fragrante House, a project in Lisbon, Portugal defined by its skylights and green garden-walls. Excerpts from an interview with architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade are included, illustrating the many features that make this house unique, and how Lisbon’s quality of sunlight adds a natural beauty to the interior.  

Lima de Freitas School Renovation / Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos

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Architects: Ricardo Carvalho + Joana Vilhena Arquitectos
Location: , Portugal
Project Team: Joana Vilhena, Ricardo Carvalho, Angela Marquito, José Maria Rhodes Sérgio, José Roque, Francisco Costa, Nuno Gaspar, Sebastião Taquenho
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Nuno Gaspar / RCJV Arquitectos

Have A Great Idea For An Urban Intervention? Apply To Canal 180′s The Power of Storytelling Competition

Don’t miss this exciting opportunity from our friends at Canal 180! The entry period for a competition to design an urban intervention for the city of Abrantes in has now opened. As a member of the jury, ArchDaily will have a hand in selecting winners that will to Abrantes in mid-July to see their design realized during 180 Creative Camp. The deadline for application is June 8th. Check it out and enter now!

Urban Requalification of S. Martinho do Porto / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos

© José Manuel Rodrigues

Architects: Gonçalo Byrne
Location: ,
Architect In Charge: Gonçalo Sousa Byrne, João Pedro Falcão de Campos
Area: 1,240 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: José Manuel Rodrigues

New Judiciary Police Department ‘s Headquarters / Saraiva + Associados

© FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Architects: Saraiva + Associados
Location: ,
Area: 98,000 sqm
Year: 2014
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra

Building Rehabilitation in Lagos / Vitor Vilhena Architecture

© João Morgado

Architects: Vitor Vilhena Architecture
Location: Lagos,
Architect In Charge: Vitor Vilhena, Michael Vieira, Liliana Sequeira, Mario Espinha
Area: 2,605 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: João Morgado

The Lifting House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

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Architects: Guedes Cruz Arquitectos
Location: Cascais,
Architects In Charge: José Guedes Cruz, Marco Martínez Marinho, César Marques
Area: 640 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Nossa Senhora da Conceição School / Pitagoras Arquitectos

© Luís Ferreira Alves

Architects: Pitagoras Arquitectos
Location: Guimarães,
Architects In Charge: Fernando Seara De Sá, Raul Roque Figueiredo, Alexandre Coelho Lima, Manuel Luís Vilhena Roque.
Year: 2008
Photographs: Luís Ferreira Alves

Fábio Coentrão House / António Fernandez Architects

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Architects: António Fernandez Architects
Location: Povoa de Varzim,
Design Team: António Fernandez, arq.; Ema Rosmaninho, arq.
Area: 490.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jose Campos

AD Round Up: Portugal’s Micro-Hotels

The Tree Snake Houses – A New, Smaller Trend In Hospitality Architecture. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

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 MateusJorge 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.

Casa Isabel / Marcelo Magalhaes + Paulo Silvestre

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Architects: Paulo Silvestre
Location: , Portugal
Area: 323 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Inês d’Orey