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AD Classics: Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza Vieira

22:00 - 23 October, 2018
AD Classics: Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Dacian Groza
© Dacian Groza

This article was originally published on January 2, 2015. To read the stories behind other celebrated architecture projects, visit our AD Classics section.

At the Expo ’98 Portuguese National Pavilion, structure and architectural form work in graceful harmony. Situated at the mouth of the Tagus River in Lisbon, 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.

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Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum / Álvaro Siza Vieira

03:00 - 19 July, 2016
Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Aresta + G.O.P.

12:00 - 4 February, 2016
Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Aresta + G.O.P., © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Iberê Camargo Foundation: Standards and Variations

01:00 - 24 October, 2014
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

It could have been a rectangular prism whose length measures forty-one meters and a half, whose width measures thirty-three meters, and whose height measures twenty-five meters. It could have been, if the projection had ended in the trace of a pure rule. It could have been almost the same: three elevated plans, each formed by three rectangular exhibitions rooms, placed at two consecutive faces and connected by ramps that run on the two other faces. Then, a four-story-high atrium rises between circulations and rooms, creating a diagonal symmetry inside the building.

The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 29 August, 2014
The Building on the Water / Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Huai'an, Jiangsu, China
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Álvaro Siza e Carlos Castanheira
  • Portugal’s Office

    CC&CB - Arquitectos Lda.
  • Principals in charge

    1st phase (preliminary project) : Pedro Carvalho, Luís Reis. 2st phase (execution project) : Luís Reis
  • Collaborators

    Diana Vasconcelos, Susana Oliveira, Elisabete Queirós, Orlando Sousa, Rita Ferreira, João Figueiredo, Caitriona, Carolina Leite, Anand Sonecha.
  • Local Permit Architects and Engineers

    United Architects & Engineers Co., Ltda
  • Project management & construction supervision

    Stephen Wang, Richard Wang, Chiou-Huei Lin (WZWX Architecture Group)
  • 3d Models/Renders

    Francesco Sechi, João Figueiredo, Pedro Afonso, José Soares
  • Creative Integration Consultant

    Xue Xue Institute, Xue Xue Foundation
  • Engineering

    Shanghai Qingya Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Co. (HVAC, electrical, plumbing, telecommunications and security installation) RFR Shanghai (Stuctural review) Geberit China (Water drainage)
  • Construction company

    Zhejiang Urban Construction Group
  • Consultants

    HDP – Paulo Fidalgo (Structure) GET – Raul Bessa (Mechanical) GPIC – Alexandre Martins (Lighting) SIKA – Helena Beleza (Waterproofing of the concrete construction)
  • Client

    Por-Shih Lin, Diretor da Shihlien Chemical Industrial (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area

    11000 sqm
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert

01:00 - 25 June, 2014
AD Classics: Wohnhaus Schlesisches Tor (Bonjour Tristesse) / Álvaro Siza Vieira + Peter Brinkert, © via Wikipedia Commons
© via Wikipedia Commons

Bonjour Tristesse is a social housing project designed by Portuguese Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. Located in Berlin, the project was Siza’s first built work outside of his native country. Siza’s design offers a meaningful precedent in urban densification, demonstrating a delicate balance between contextual awareness, creative freedom, and progressive vision.

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Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”

01:00 - 11 March, 2014
Álvaro Siza + Juan Domingo Santos Design “New Gate of Alhambra”, Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios
Alhambra Atrium I Ivy Courtyard (Northwest Landscape View). Image © Alvaro Siza Vieira + Juan Domingo Santos; Rendering by LT Studios

Commissioned after winning an international competition in 2010, Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Viera and Granada-based Juan Domingo Santos have unveiled designs for a new entrance and visitors center at the Alhambra World Heritage site. A result of “superimposing a regular geometry over a territory of topography,” the new gate rearranges visitor access into the more than 1000-year-old monument through a series of enclosed, shaded courtyards and open, sunlit terraces.

Following to his experience at the Alhambra in 2009, Siza journaled about his envision for the new gate, stating: “…from bright sun to shadows, from warmth to coolness, from wide to intimate focus, I like to dream about my project before I set it down in any detail.”

AD Classics: Boa Nova Tea House / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 5 April, 2013
AD Classics: Boa Nova Tea House / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

The Boa Nova Tea House, one of Siza's earliest commissions, was awarded to him in 1956. His collaborator, Fernando Tavora, had won the competition for the project and passed it onto Alvaro Siza. Its location close to Siza's home town had its significance, especially due to the architect's intimate familiarity with the landscape. This is noticed in his incorporation of the rock formation, the ocean, and the greenery within the project, revealing a vivid understanding of the qualities of the local landscape. Alongside the Leça Swimming Pools, this project represents the foundation of Siza's architecture with a compelling regard for nature.

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Fire Station in Santo Tirso / Álvaro Siza Vieira

00:00 - 18 February, 2013
Fire Station in Santo Tirso / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © João Morgado - Architecture Photography
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Vidago Palace & Spa / Álvaro Siza Vieira

00:00 - 18 May, 2012
Vidago Palace & Spa / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Nelson Garrido
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Flashback: Tolo House / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 27 September, 2011
Flashback: Tolo House / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
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  • Architects

    Alvaro Leite Siza
  • Location

    Ribeira de Pena, Portugal
  • Category

  • Services

    GOP
  • Landscape

    Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
  • Client

    Luís Marinho Leite Barbosa da Silva
  • Contractor

    Óscar Gouveia
  • Materials

    Concrete
  • Site Area

    1000 m2
  • Area

    180.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 6 August, 2011
AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira

AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira AD Classics: Leça Swimming Pools / Álvaro Siza Vieira + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Leça de Palmeira, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect

    Alvaro Siza
  • References

    Galinsky, Architecture Projects
  • Project Year

    1966

Fez House / Álvaro Siza Vieira

00:00 - 22 February, 2011
Fez House / Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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AD Classics: Santa Maria Church de Canaveses / Álvaro Siza Vieira

01:00 - 16 February, 2011
AD Classics: Santa Maria Church de Canaveses / Álvaro Siza Vieira, Courtesy of Alvaro Siza Website
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Marco de Canaveses, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect

    Alvaro Siza
  • References

    Rudolf Stegers, Pedro de Llano
  • Project Year

    1996

Mimesis Museum / Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim + Álvaro Siza Vieira

00:00 - 23 September, 2010
Mimesis Museum / Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim + Álvaro Siza Vieira, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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  • Architects

    Alvaro Siza + Castanheira & Bastai Arquitectos Associados + Jun Sung Kim
  • Location

    Paju Book City, Republic of Korea
  • Category

  • Project Coordinator

    Dalila Gomes
  • Collaborators

    Chungheon Han, João Figueiredo
  • Structure

    Gayoon ENC
  • Mechanical Installations

    Hansan Engineering Co.
  • Construction Coordinator

    Young-il Park
  • Client

    Open Books Publishing Co.
  • Electricity

    Jung-Myoung Engeneering Group Co.
  • Construction Company

    Hanool Construction Co.
  • Project Year

    2009
  • Photographs