Today marks the 81st birthday of Portuguese modernist Álvaro Siza. Originally slated to become a sculptor, Siza’s switch-over to architecture took place early in his career, after experiencing the work of Antoni Gaudí (whose birthday he shares). Since then, he has risen to become one of the most respected architects of the era, winning the Pritzker Prize in 1992.
Siza, whose work is recognized for its sculptural quality and “deceptive simplicity,” is possibly most well-known for his Leça Swimming Pools, built in the 1960s. To celebrate, we invite you to check out our AD original doodle (below) and revisit Siza’s classic works here on ArchDaily.
- AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools
- AD Classics: Boa Nova Tea House
- Venice Biennale 2012 Pavilion
- Fundação Iberê Camargo in Porto Alegre
- AD Classics: Santa Maria Church de Canaveses
- Fire Station in Santo Tirso