AD Classics: Santa Maria Church de Canaveses / Alvaro Siza

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As is true with most old churches in Portugal, retaining walls, flights of stairs and large forecourts are designed around a building to help maintain it’s distance from its surroundings. This general strategy is at play in in , where Alvaro Siza makes use of the sloping site and lifting the building on a 4m high plateau.

More on Alvaro Siza and this classic church after the break.