Álvaro Joaquim de Melo Siza Vieira, or simply Álvaro Siza, was born in Matosinhos, Portugal, on June 25, 1933. His first work – four houses in Matosinhos – was built in 1954, even before completing his studies at the School of Fine Arts from the University of Porto (current Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto – FAUP), which happened a year later.
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Equestrian Centre / Carlos Castanheira + Clara Bastai
Architects: Carlos Castanheira, Clara Bastai
- Year: 2012
Medical-Esthetical Clinic “Corporación Dermoestética” / Humberto Conde
Vila Franca de Xira Municipal Library / Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados
Architects: Miguel Arruda Arquitectos Associados
House in Fontinha / Aires Mateus + SIA arquitectura
Architects: Aires Mateus, SIA arquitectura
- Year: 2013
Sambade House / spaceworkers
- Year: 2014
House of the Winds / Leo Romano
Cupe House / MNMA studio
M Residence / F:Poles Arquitetura
Urbanity / aflalo/gasperini arquitetos
Architects: aflalo/gasperini arquitetos
- Area: 95402 m²
- Year: 2017
Manufacturers: Saint-Gobain, Cebrace, Glassec viracon, Ibratin, Portobello
Brazilian Houses: 9 Examples of Residential Vernacular Architecture
The regional expressions of a country’s culture are vital in helping us understand the relation between context and specific conditions of social manifestations. These nuances and singularities inside the realm of construction are translated into what can be called vernacular architecture. Although it has always existed, this universe of local exemplars of architecture with their particular materials, techniques and regional constructive solutions came to be well studied in the second half of the twentieth century in Brazil, in a project that traced national architecture history, headed by Lucio Costa.
Brazilian Houses: 20 Concrete Projects in Plan and Section
Concrete may be the material most associated with modern Brazilian architecture; high resistance to compression and, when armed, capable of assuming various forms. Its plasticity has made it a favorite material for some of Brazil's most expressive architects of the last century.
Today, it is still widely explored in the architectural production of Brazil, either for its structural robustness, ease of maintenance, or aesthetic value.
Peter Zumthor's Therme Vals Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra
In this stunning photo shoot Fernando Guerra, of Últimas Reportagens, captures the Therme Vals, one of the most iconic works of the 2009 Pritzker Prize-winner Peter Zumthor.
Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum by Álvaro Siza Opened its Doors in Chaves, Portugal
Last month another building by Álvaro Siza Vieira, the Nadir Afonso Contemporary Art Museum in Chaves, Portugal commemorated its inauguration. To celebrate its opening, Fernando Guerra, from Últimas reportagens shared with us an amazing series of photographs.
See all the photos and learn more about the museum below.
Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles Through the Lens of Fernando Guerra
In honor of Álvaro Siza Vieira's birthday, photographer Fernando Guerra has shared photos of the Auditorium Theatre of Llinars del Valles project in Spain.
Through 181 images, Guerra shows us Siza's masterful play of light and shadow. The photos allow us to experience a full day at the museum: the morning sun, followed by sunset and finally, the museum illuminated at night.
Below, see the gallery and learn more.
Gallery: Fernando Guerra Captures the Brazil Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015
With the participation of 96 pavilions from diverse countries around the world, the Expo Milan 2015 tackles one of the most pressing global issues -- alimentation -- through its theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life.”
The Brazilian Pavilion, designed by Studio Arthur Casas and Atelier Marko Brajovic, was considered one of the most attractive pavilions by the thousands of visitors who have passed through the Expo so far. Featuring a large open space traversed by an elevated net on which visitors can walk, the pavilion is as “as porous as the Brazilian culture,” and creates a pathway above plants native to the country.
Below is a beautiful series of photographs of the pavilion taken by Fernando Guerra, a partner at Últimas Reportagens, along with his brother Sérgio Guerra.
Water Museum / P-06 Atelier
Architects: P-06 Atelier
- Area: 170 m²
- Year: 2014