Lisbon’s concrete cruise terminal is topped with rooftop viewing platform

Passengers arriving at the João Luís Carrilho da Graça-designed cruise terminal in Lisbon can use a series of ramps to reach a rooftop viewing platform that offers a panorama of the Tagus river. João Luís Carrilho da Graça won an international competition in 2010 to oversee the project for a terminal building in the Portuguese

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Sculpting Light In Álvaro Siza’s Off-Grid Chapel

In Barão de São João Portugal, Álvaro Siza Viera has designed a place of worship and warmth—the minimal, off-grid hillside chapel ‘Capela do Monte’.
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Hugo Correia creates elliptical concrete church in Portugal

This oval-shaped church in the Portuguese town of Vila Nova de Famalicão is surrounded by rings referencing the crown of thorns placed on Jesus’ head. Architect Hugo Correia designed the Church of San Tiago de Antas for a site overlooking the town and the wooded countryside of the Braga district in northern Portugal. According to the

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Aurora Aquitectos turns Portuguese family home into brightly-hued hostel

Portuguese practice Aurora Aquitectos has transformed an old family home near Lisbon into a hostel, with colourful accents throughout based on the tropical patina of sunshine and vacations. The hostel is situated just west of the capital in the coastal town of Cascais, an area frequented by both locals and tourists for its marina and

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Álvaro Siza builds Capela do Monte chapel for off-grid retreat in the Algarve

Architect Álvaro Siza Viera has completed a simple countryside chapel in the south of Portugal, designed to function without electricity, heat or running water. The Capela do Monte, which translates simply as hillside chapel, forms part of the Monte da Charneca complex, a new off-grid holiday retreat that is being constructed in the picturesque landscape

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João Vieira de Campos completes minimal concrete house in Porto

This monolithic concrete house in an affluent area of Porto presents a largely closed and robust facade to the street, but opens up on its side towards its garden. Architect João Vieira de Campos designed the building as a single-family home that replaces a derelict villa in the Serralves neighbourhood to the west of Porto’s city

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Santa Clara 1728, Lisbon

A warm, welcoming boutique hotel in Lisbon’s Alfama district

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Kengo Kuma to convert Porto slaughterhouse into cultural centre

Kengo Kuma and OODA have paired up to transform a disused slaughterhouse in Porto into a cultural centre, which will feature art galleries and a library beneath a sweeping ceramic-clad roof. The Matadouro slaughterhouse is situated in the parish of Campanhã and was previously considered as one of the area’s major economic contributors. However since its

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OF by Amanda Shadforth: Margarida

Romantic yet not overtly girly, poetic without being pretentious, the inspiration for the second editorial instalment for OF By Amanda Shadforth was inspired by the nostalgic image of the Portuguese Woman. When I sat down with my team earlier in the year with an idea to photograph a series of muses for my new venture,

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Casa Carrara By Mário Martins Atelier

Portuguese architecture firm Mário Martins Atelier’s latest venture is ‘Casa Carrara’, a white stone house framed by a 30-meter long terrace overlooking the Atlantic ocean.
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Sunday Sanctuary: Casa Modesta

Welcome to Portugal and the magical Casa Modesta, which might I add speaking from personal experience is a pure slice of heaven.  Recently my team and I travelled to the south of Portugal to photograph this instal-drool worthy location which has long been on our travel buck list. Casa Modesta is not like any other

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New photos explore Álvaro Siza’s 1970s social-housing project SAAL Bouça

A social housing complex designed by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza in the 1970s is captured in this new photography series by Zeynep Yılmaztürk​. Yılmaztürk, a photographer based in Istanbul, took the photos of SAAL Bouça in Porto, a housing scheme designed by the Pritzker Prize winner when he worked for Portugal’s national housing association, but which

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Álvaro Siza Designs A White-Concrete Modernist Church

Famed Portuguese architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira, has designed a modernist church whose poetic, sculptural form folds gently into the surrounding neighborhood in Rennes.
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Geometric bas-relief patterns decorate monolithic Egyptian Embassy in Lisbon

Portuguese studio Promontorio Architects has completed the new Embassy of Egypt in Lisbon, which features robust concrete walls covered with bas-relief patterns that recall traditional Egyptian motifs. The embassy is located in Lisbon’s affluent Restelo district, where many of the neighbouring detached villas from the 1940s and 1950s have been converted for diplomatic use. With

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The Brunhais House By Rui Vieira Oliveira

Designed by Guimarães-based firm Rui Vieira Oliveira, the dynamic form and white façade of the Brunhais House in the north of Portugal stands in contrast to both sky and mountain surroundings.
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Curving roof and stone walls create seclusion for Portuguese house by NOARQ

This house in Portugal, designed by architecture studio NOARQ, features a large curving canopy that wraps around a south-facing patio. Casa ED&JO is a single-family house located in Vila Nova de Famalicão, a town north of Porto. It sits on a site that slopes 7.6 metres from west to east, and which is bounded by roads on

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A Portuguese Winery Becomes A Family Home

Dusky-pink lime mortar has given new life to a winery in the south of Portugal: Lisbon-based practice Extrastudio has transformed the space into a family home with a black-bottomed swimming pool.
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Open-air chapel designed by Plano Humano Arquitectos to resemble Scout’s tent

This tent-like chapel, for a Scout campground in Portugal’s rural Idanha-a-Nova region, features a folded zinc-clad roof that opens up towards the surrounding landscape. Plano Humano Arquitectos created the structure for the National Scout’s Activities Camp, on a plateau that has panoramic views of the nearby hills. The chapel was commissioned for the occasion of the

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The Cloaked House By 3r Ernesto Pereira

Shrouded in a dense sea of foliage, the ‘Cloaked House’ has been designed by Portuguese architecture firm 3r Ernesto Pereira, to blend into the enveloping landscape, providing impressive views across the valley beyond.
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Cloaked House by Ernesto Pereira is designed to disappear into its arboreal setting

Glazed walls sandwiched between concrete slabs ensure this house in the Portuguese city of Marco de Canaveses blends in with the surrounding trees and provides extensive views across a nearby valley. Local architect Ernesto Pereira designed the Cloaked House to take advantage of its verdant hillside site, which is surrounded by chestnut trees and flanked

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Porto architects create five temporary gallery spaces for travelling art exhibition

A mirror-clad pavilion camouflaged in woodland and another resembling a dilapidated shed are among five temporary structures on show in the grounds of the Alvaro Siza-designed Serralves Foundation in Porto. The pavilions are part of a show titled Live Uncertainty: An Exhibition After the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo. The show explores the anxieties currently

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Filipe Saraiva’s self-designed home is based on a child’s drawing

Portuguese architect Filipe Saraiva chose black concrete panels for the walls of his family home, which is designed to look like a child’s interpretation of a house. Built on a rectangle of land that slopes southwards down to the street, the house is surrounded by farmland and overlooks the Castle of Ourém. The difference in height between

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Mezzo Atelier transforms century-old barn into pair of bright pink guesthouses

Italian studio Mezzo Atelier chose a vibrant shade of pink for the walls of these guesthouses in the Azores, which are housed inside a converted stable. The Pink House is located on the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese archipelago. The building was originally constructed in the early 20th century and is tucked away on a side

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Deep-green tiles and geometric entrances create distinctive toilets for Portuguese graveyard

Portuguese architecture studio M2 Senos has completed a new public toilet for a cemetery in the country’s Ílhavo municipality, taking the graveyard’s verdant grounds and marble headstones as cues for the design.  The local practice, which is led by brothers Sofia and Ricardo Senos, was asked by the parish council to overhaul São Salvador cemetery’s

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The Wall House By Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

Located in a region known as the Portuguese Riviera in the west of Lisbon, this luxury residence named Wall House is set on the edge of the premier Oitavos Dunes Golf Course amongst natural sand dunes and pine trees within the Sintra Cascais National P…

Bruno Dias adds curving extension based on the golden ratio to historic Portuguese house

Bruno Dias Arquitectura has renovated a traditional house in the Portuguese town of Ansião, and added a contrastingly modern extension that curves around a turfed central courtyard. Casa Ansião is situated in the historic centre of the town in Portugal’s Leiria district. Local architect Bruno Dias was asked to update the property and create an extension

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Bak Gordon converts traditional Lisbon house into apartments with private courtyard

Bak Gordon Arquitectos has renovated a house in the Lapa area of Lisbon, transforming it into a pair of apartments that share a secluded courtyard garden and swimming pool. The narrow five-storey building with a small rear courtyard is typical of the urban fabric in this neighbourhood, where compact streets overlook the Tagus river and

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VOA combines wood, marble and glass in layered composition of Portuguese seaside home

This house in the Portuguese coastal town of São Félix da Marinha comprises a series of stacked volumes clad in varying materials to signify the different programmatic functions contained within them. The property was designed by the Porto-based studio of Ventura Office Associates (VOA) to make optimal use of a plot with views towards the

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Extrastudio transforms Portuguese winery into house covered with rough red mortar

Lisbon-based practice Extrastudio has converted a winery in southern Portugal into a family home by covering its walls with red-pigmented mortar, introducing light wells and adding a black-bottomed swimming pool. The former winery was built by the client’s grandparents in the 20th century. After inheriting the building, they tasked Extrastudio to create a family residence on the site located in Azeitao,

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Casa Boavista is a renovated Porto townhouse featuring three skylights

Skylights helps to bring daylight into all three levels of this Porto townhouse, which has been refurbished and extended by local studio Pablo Pita Architects. The studio, led by architects Pablo Rebelo and Pedro Pita, was tasked with transforming the century-old Casa Boavista into a bright, contemporary family home. However the building’s location, on a busy street in the centre of the Portuguese city,

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Eduardo Souto de Moura’s House in the Sierra Arrábida overlooks huge Portuguese park

The bright white walls of this house by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura are in stark contrast to the vibrant greenery of its setting, in a mountainous park on the outskirts of Lisbon. The 2011 Pritzker Prize laureate designed the residence for Serra da Arrabida, a huge protected parkland located 30 kilometres outside the Portuguese capital, between the towns of Palmela

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Irregular cutouts mark recessed entrances to Aires Mateus’ community centre in Portugal

Deep triangular and flat-topped arches are punched through the white walls of this community centre, which architects Manuel and Francisco Aires Mateus designed for the Portuguese town of Grândola. The brothers, who run Lisbon-based studio Aires Mateus, were asked to design the 670-square-metre Meeting Centre building for the community in the Alentejo region, located around an hour’s drive from Lisbon. A

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Postcards From Lisbon

Last month I was in Lisbon for my friend Lisa’s hen do. As I was there to celebrate with her there wasn’t much time to explore the city but I still managed to take a few snaps here and there.

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Mami House is a “mini bunker” built for a couple on a very tight budget

Faced with the difficult task of delivering a family house for less than €100,000, Portuguese architect José Carlos Nunes de Oliveira designed this cuboidal concrete property. Nunes de Oliveira, who leads architecture studio NOARQ, was initially asked by the clients to build them a 160-square-metre home for just €80,000 (approximately £67,000). He told them it was impossible, so they

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Eduardo Souto de Moura transforms Portuguese farming village into luxury retreat

Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura has helped to revive a former farming village in the Alentejo region as a high-end hotel featuring whitewashed interiors and original vaulted ceilings. The monte, or village, is located at the heart of the 780-hectare São Lourenço do Barrocal estate, which has been owned by the same family for over

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Villa Além By Valerio Olgiati

Located in Alentejo, a rural region in central Portugal, Villa Além by Swiss architect Valerio Olgiati is characterized by concrete walls which splay outwards and inwards like the flaps of an open box to provide shade for a garden within.
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Casa Elíptica By Mário Martins Atelier

Completed in 2014, the Elliptical House by Mário Martins Atelier is based on a geometric shape and volume carved by the landscape.
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José Almeida transforms stone villa in rural Portugal into holiday house

Architect José Almeida has partially demolished a late 19th-century property in northern Portugal, and used the rubble to create holiday accommodation where guests can bathe in a former wine press. The two-storey property dating back to 1870 is set on a hill in the small rural village of Contenças de Baixo on the Mondego river. It comprises a

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House L27 by dIONISO LAB is arranged around a curving courtyard in northern Portugal

Straight walls are in short supply at this house in Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, which curls around the edges of a curving cobbled courtyard. Architect José Cadilhe of local studio dIONISO LAB designed House L27 in a suburban area of the city on the northern outskirts of Porto. The recently developed neighbourhood comprises orthogonal plots that typically

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Nelson Garrido showcases buildings left empty after financial crisis hit Portugal

These images by Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido reveal buildings left deserted in the aftermath of the last financial crisis. Garrido first presented the series, called Home Less, in an exhibition for last year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. It features buildings from all across Portugal, from holiday villas to mass housing blocks. Some of the buildings were left

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Watermill On The Crag By Bruno Lucas Dias

Architecture practice Bruno Lucas Dias designed the lodge “ Watermill on the Crag“, built with recycled materials from an old watermill in Portugal’s Crags of Saint Simon. The architect’s goal was to construct an energy-efficient building on a …

Timelapse movie by Alejandro Villanueva shows Amanda Levete’s sinuous MAAT museum

This movie by videographer Alejandro Villanueva captures the wave-like form of Lisbon’s MAAT contemporary art museum, designed by Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A, as light shifts from day to night. Villaneueva’s movie captures the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) during its opening in October 2016. It is the latest in a series of videos by Villaneueva, who has also captured Snøhetta’s

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House In Melgaço By Nuno Brandão Costa

Located in the unpopulated outskirts of Melgaço in northern Portugal, the building combines minimalist modernity with the firm permanence of old stone buildings. Portuguese architect Nuno Brandao Costa built the home into the decaying facade of a rura…

PROD transforms 18th-century manor house in rural Portugal into hotel

Portuguese studio PROD has converted this 18th-century house and stables in northern Portugal into a 15-bedroom hotel, adding an elevated wooden bridge and a vaulted roof to the kitchen. The Paço de Vitorino estate comprises a three-storey residence on the eastern side of the plot, and two wings on the northern and southern side that were previously used as a warehouse

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Huge window frames garden views from boxy Lisbon apartment extension

One wall of this petite extension to a Lisbon apartment by RCJV Arquitectos is made entirely from glass – providing its owners with views of the courtyard gardens below. The Lisbon-based studio added the 10-square-metre extension to the first-floor apartment, boosting its size to 110 square metres and providing a new dining area for a family. Located at the

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The QL House By Visioarq

Located in one of the most exclusive areas of Algarve, Portugal, the QL House keeps the balance between the outdoor and indoor spaces, respecting the relationship between the owner and the surrounding landscape.
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Casa Cabo De Vila By Spaceworkers

The house that was wished by a young couple whom envisioned an irregular house sits on 340 square-meters of land in Bitarães, Portugal.
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Cabo de Vila by Spaceworkers features concrete roof with scooped edges

A concrete roof with concave sides sits atop scooped glass and wood walls at this house in Portugal, which is captured in a film starring a child on a red tricycle. Portuguese studio Spaceworkers designed Cabo de Vila for a young couple who asked for an unusual looking house to occupy a rural site in Paredes hemmed by woodland.

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An Outstanding Refurbished House In Portugal

Portuguese architecture bureau Aires Mateus reconstructed an old, forfeited building in the historic center of Alcobaça, Portugal. The outcome was a spectacular eye-catching building all in white providing a view of the river Baça. The building exten…

Concrete apartments slot into cliff overlooking Porto’s Dom Luís I Bridge

Architects Nuno Melo Sousa and Hugo Ferreira have created a apartment block for holidaymakers in Porto, backing onto a steep granite cliff beside one of the city’s most prominent bridges. The Oh Porto! apartments are situated within a Unesco World Heritage Site next to the Dom Luís I Bridge, which spans the Douro River between the cities of Porto and

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Spiralling walkway surrounds courtyard at Portuguese home by António Costa Lima

A glazed ramp spirals around a courtyard at the centre of this house in the Portuguese town of Estoril, connecting the various living spaces and a garden roof terrace. Lisbon-based architect António Costa Lima designed the house for a family that had lived in several places around the world, but that was now looking to settle

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Perforated green cladding wraps university science institute by Cláudio Vilarinho

Irregularly shaped perforations in the pale green facades of this new university research institute in Portugal are inspired by the tubular molecules that form solar panels. The Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability was designed by architect Cláudio Vilarinho for a site on Minho University’s Azurém Campus in northern Portugal. The new building provides facilities for

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Looking Down Into A House In Leiria

The sleek, modern, and minimal whited-out house designed by architect, Manuel Aires Mateus, features an indoor-outdoor experience where one can look down into a room’s private patio.
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Architects question authorship with Lisbon Triennale pavilion

This pavilion created for the Lisbon Architecture Triennale mishmashes the architectural styles of three studios to question authorship. The studios created the pavilion named Form Is Form by raiding the back catalogue of each other’s work. The structure features mono-pitched, vaulted and cubic forms that echo the work of American studio Johnston Marklee, Portuguese office Nuno Brandão Costa and Belgian

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Concrete dovecote transformed into children’s playhouse by AZO Sequeira

A small concrete structure once used as a house for doves has been transformed by Portuguese studio AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados into a garden playroom. The former dovecote had sat derelict in the back garden of the clients’ Braga home, so they asked the AZO Sequeira team to make it into a space that they could use. The More

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Footbridge forced to close as 15,000 visitors flock to Amanda Levete’s MAAT museum in Lisbon

A footbridge providing the main access point to the AL_A-designed Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon has been closed over fears of collapse, after 15,000 visitors turned out for the opening of the museum. The bridge has been closed all day and its entrances guarded by police, after unexpected visitor numbers raised fears that the bridge More

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Amanda Levete’s undulating MAAT museum opens on Lisbon waterfront

The Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology by Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A has opened to the public, coinciding with the start of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale (+ slideshow). A photo posted by Américo Leitão (@americo.leitao) on Oct 4, 2016 at 1:45pm PDT Called MAAT for short, the contemporary art museum opened to the press on 2 October 2016 More

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Álvaro Siza Vieira uses white concrete for Nadir Afonso Foundation in northern Portugal

Architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has built a linear, white concrete art museum that runs parallel to the Tâmega river in Chaves, Portugal (+ slideshow). The €9 million (£7.75 million) Nadir Afonso Foundation is named after the painter, architect and philosopher Nadir Afonso (1920-2013), who was born in the city. Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira designed the sprawling 2,768-square-metre building using white concrete for the structure, More

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First photographs revealed of Amanda Levete’s MAAT museum in Lisbon

Photos have been released of the undulating, tile-covered Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology by Amanda Levete’s firm AL_A, ahead of its opening in Lisbon next week (+ slideshow). The MAAT is set to open 5 October 2016 – coinciding with the start of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. The building is the first phase of a new contemporary art gallery designed More

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Wooden screens mask glazed walls of Porto house by AZO Sequeira

Slatted wooden screens fold open to reveal walls of windows at the front and back of this concrete house in Porto by AZO Sequeira Arquitectos Associados (+ slideshow). Named House in Bonfim, the property provides a home for a family in the east of the Portuguese city. Braga-based AZO Sequeira designed the building to replace an outdated structure from the 1970s. “It is More

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A Home Renovation Infused With Memories

Portuguese architecture practice M2.senos designed an extension to Amélia’s House, a minimal home located in Ilhavo, Portugal.
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Portuguese Architectural Association takes over two revamped townhouses

Porto studio NPS Arquitectos has renovated a pair of matching townhouses and added a contemporary linking building to create a new headquarters for the Portuguese Architectural Association (+ slideshow). The new offices for the institute’s northern region are located in the centre of Porto and are based around a pair of symmetrical buildings situated either More

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A Terraced Townhouse Renovation In Portugal

Portuguese design and architecture practice Estudio ODS refurbished a narrow terraced townhouse in Tavira, Portugal.
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A Zig-Zagging Portuguese Holiday Home

On the dramatic hillside landscape overlooking Serra da Estrla, Portugal’s highest mainland point, architects Camarim designed a split-level zig zag holiday home that mirrors the surrounding topography.
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Inspiration Gallery | Exode

Inspiration GALLERY Wandering: Lisbonne, Portugal, July 2012         Immersion: Lagos, Algarve, Portugal, August 2012              

A Serene Home Amongst The Vines

Lisbon-based architecture practice blaanc designed a one-storey, three-volume home nestled into a vineyard in Montijo, Portugal.
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A Minimal Portuguese Home In The Countryside

On the outskirts of Portugal’s Santiago do Cacém, admist the parched pastoral landscape of Alentjo sits a gleamingly white curved building designed by Atelier dos Remédios.
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Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura team up for Portuguese museum project

Pritzker Prize winners Álvaro Siza Vieira and Eduardo Souto de Moura have teamed up to renovate a museum at a historic Portuguese monastery and have also added a new contemporary sculpture museum (+ slideshow). The two Portuguese architects – whose previous collaborations include the 2009 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion – partnered on the overhaul of the Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa, More

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An Indoor-Outdoor Family Home In Porto

Located on the outskirts of Porto, the ‘MR House’ is a sleek box-shaped family home designed by local architecture practice 236 Arquitectos.
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A Scenic Walkway Along A River In Portugal

Winding their way through the scenic landscape along the Paiva river in Portugal, the ‘Paiva Walkways‘ were recently completed for explorations of the surroundings at close range.
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