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Travel Diary: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira by Fernando Guerra

00:00 - 26 September, 2014

About one month ago, three major figures in Portuguese architecture - Pritzker Laureate Álvaro Siza, architect Carlos Castanheira and one of today’s most prominent architectural photographers, Fernando Guerra - began an uncommon adventure.

During 22 days the architects traveled through many Asian countries inaugurating buildings, visiting new projects and meeting other architects like Pritzker Laureate Whang Shu. At the end of their trip, the trio visited the "Shadow of light - a portrait of Álvaro Siza" exhibition opening and vernissage, in Macau, realized by Fernando Guerra.

We were able to follow this intimate journey through the images taken by Guerra and published every day in his Instagram – a careful, spontaneous and delicate photographic narrative that shows a little bit of what were these weeks with Siza and Castanheira were like. Back in Portugal, Fernando Guerra published an interesting report on those last weeks and generously shared with us both his writings and his beautiful pictures.

Read the text and enjoy Guerra's photographs after the break.

Fluvial and Tourist Quay of Folgosa / Saraiva + Associados

01:00 - 26 September, 2014
Fluvial and Tourist Quay of Folgosa  / Saraiva + Associados, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 38

House NX / ARX

01:00 - 19 September, 2014
House NX  / ARX, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 35

  • Architects

    ARX
  • Location

    Cascais, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Nuno Mateus, José Mateus,Alexandra Margaça
  • Area

    400.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2006
  • Photographs

Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 15 September, 2014
Urca Apartment / Studio Arthur Casas, © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG © Fernando Guerra – FG+SG + 25

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Arthur Casas
  • Design Team

    Milena Chieco, Flávia Castellan, Flávia Castellan, Joana Pini, Renata Adoni, Bruna Rizzi
  • Area

    667.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011

11 Houses in Murtal / ARX

01:00 - 14 September, 2014
11 Houses in Murtal / ARX, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 33

Jardim das Amoreiras Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

00:00 - 13 September, 2014
Jardim das Amoreiras Apartment / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier

01:00 - 12 September, 2014
Malaca House / Mario Martins Atelier, © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG + 30

Casa Ribeira de Abade / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 12 September, 2014
Casa Ribeira de Abade / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Valbom, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
  • Design Team

    Duarte Rodrigues, Sofia Reis, Demis Lopes, Barbara Guedes, Isabel Ribeiro, Bruno André, Luís Calheiros, João Figueiredo
  • Project Year

    2005
  • Photographs

Casa Costa Grande / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 9 September, 2014
Casa Costa Grande / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 47

  • Architects

  • Location

    Baião, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
  • Design Team

    Luís Reis, Isabel Norton, Eliana Sousa, Patrícia Carvalho, João Figueiredo, Susana Oliveira
  • Project Year

    2012
  • Photographs

Forum Sintra / ARX

01:00 - 9 September, 2014
Forum Sintra / ARX, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 29

  • Architects

    ARX
  • Location

    IC19, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    ChapmanTaylor España - Arquitectura y Urbanismo, ARX PORTUGAL, Arquitectos Lda., José Mateus, Nuno Mateus
  • Design Team

    Sofia Raposo, Ricardo Guerreiro, Emanuel Rebelo, Fábio Cortês, Diana Afonso, Miguel Torres, Filipe Cardoso, Marc Anguille, Bruno Martins, Joana Pedro, Décio Cardoso
  • Area

    23000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs

Quinta da Faísca / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 7 September, 2014
Quinta da Faísca / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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  • Architects

  • Location

    5070-272 Favaios, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
  • Design Team

    Orlando Sousa, Sérgio Barbosa
  • Project Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Casa Madalena / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 3 September, 2014
Casa Madalena / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 35

  • Architects

  • Location

    Madalena, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda.
  • Design Team

    Orlando Sousa, Vasco Melo, Ricardo Leite, Sofia Costa Reis, Demis Lopes, Luís Calheiros, João Figueiredo
  • Project Year

    2008
  • Photographs

Álvaro Siza, Carlos Castanheira and Wang Shu Design Museum for Hangzhou Art Academy

01:00 - 3 September, 2014

After inaugurating his first building in China – “The Building on the Water” – Álvaro Siza has just announced his second project in the country, again in collaboration with Portuguese architect Carlos Castanheira. This time the two architects will develop a museum for Hangzhou Art Academy.

The new museum - which will have approximately 15,000 sqm, a total area similar to that of Serralves Foundation building – will host an important collection of pieces from the famous German school of arts and design, Bauhaus, founded by Walter Gropius in 1919.

Casa Avenal / Carlos Castanheira

01:00 - 1 September, 2014
Casa Avenal / Carlos Castanheira, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Avenal, Portugal
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arqtos Lda
  • Design Team

    Hellen van het hart, Sofia Reis, Duarte Rodrigues, Demis Lopes, Luís Calheiros
  • Project Year

    2004
  • Photographs

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

Four Houses in Baleia / Studio Arthur Casas

01:00 - 27 August, 2014
Four Houses in Baleia / Studio Arthur Casas, © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China

00:00 - 25 August, 2014
Fernando Guerra Captures Álvaro Siza’s First Project in China, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

We are excited to share these exclusive photos taken by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first project in China: The Building on the Water.

Evoking the image of a dragon perched elegantly on water, the contours of the building seem to move gently in a perfect synergy between local symbolism and the subtle elements of Siza. Snaking around, the form escapes formal convention, emerging as an autonomous entity that contrasts with the orthogonal form of the factory complex. The delicate transition geometry of curves and bridges that connect the different spaces and pavements makes this project one of the most striking examples of Siza’s distinctive architecture. 

Through different shades, reflections and his unmatched composition of light and shadows, Fernando Guerra’s striking images show a poetic scene and the perfect relationship between the building and its environment. We can envision the changes and transitions that the white concrete building goes through as a result of its contact with the water throughout the day.

Read on after the break to see the exclusive images...

Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan

00:00 - 24 August, 2014
Alvaro Siza's Taifong Golf Club Opens in Changhua, Taiwan, © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Today, Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza and architect Carlos Castanheira will inaugurate the Taifong Golf Club, in Changhua, Taiwan.

The two Portuguese architects began the recently-completed project in 2009. The clubhouse includes spaces for recreational and cultural events and activities. The building demonstrates a rich relationship between the landscape and local culture.

Architects: Álvaro Siza and Carlos Castanheira
Local Partner | Project Management and Construction Supervision: Ho+Hou Studio Architects and Studio Base Architects
Images of the project—kindly shared with us by architecture photographer Fernando Guerra | FG+SG—can be seen after the break.

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