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Evora

Architectural Adventures: Across Portugal and Southern Spain

11:30 - 26 July, 2017
Architectural Adventures: Across Portugal and Southern Spain, Royal Palace | Spain
Royal Palace | Spain

Immerse yourself in the cultural and architectural heritage of Portugal and Southern Spain on a once-in-a-lifetime 15-day journey with Architectural Adventures.

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

00:00 - 29 January, 2015

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.

Ecork Hotel / José Carlos Cruz

01:00 - 30 December, 2013
Ecork Hotel / José Carlos Cruz, © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG © Fernando Guerra I FG+SG + 19

Art and Architecture Faculty / Inês Lobo Arquitectos + Ventura Trindade Arquitectos

01:00 - 12 December, 2013
Art and Architecture Faculty / Inês Lobo Arquitectos + Ventura Trindade Arquitectos, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 72

Vila Vicosa School / Cândido Chuva Gomes

00:00 - 29 February, 2012
Vila Vicosa School / Cândido Chuva Gomes, © José Campos
© José Campos

© José Campos © José Campos © José Campos © José Campos + 31

  • Architects

     Cândido Chuva Gomes
  • Location

    Evora, Portugal
  • Client

    Parque Escolar, E.P.E.
  • Building Contractor

    Lena Construções / Abrantina / MRG Engenharia e Construção
  • Project Year

    0
  • Photographs

Logowines Winery / PMC Arquitectos

00:00 - 23 May, 2011
Logowines Winery / PMC Arquitectos, © João Morgado
© João Morgado

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 17

  • Architects

    PMC Arquitectos - Leonor Duarte Ferreira/ Miguel Passos de Almeida
  • Location

    Evora, Portugal
  • Cost

    2.200.000 €
  • Area

    35000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs