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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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 combines geometric forms for white-concrete church in Brittany

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza Vieira has completed a church in the Brittany region of France, featuring a sculptural composition of intersecting concrete forms. The church of Saint-Jacques-de-la-Lande is the first to be built in Brittany in the 21st century, and was designed by Siza’s Porto-based office to complement its setting in a residential neighbourhood south

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Álvaro Siza’s Alhambra project scrapped

Álvaro Siza’s plans for a new entrance and visitor centre at the historic Granada palace the Alhambra have been rejected. The Portuguese architect and Spanish architect Juan Domingo Santos won an international competition for the project in 2011 and revealed plans in 2014. But the architects have been asked to completely revise their proposal for the UNESCO world heritage

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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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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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Álvaro Siza completes red brick theatre near Barcelona

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has built a red brick theatre in Llinars del Vallès, a village outside Barcelona (+ slideshow). The Pritkzer Prize-winning architect worked with local studio Aresta Arquitectura on the Public Auditorium in Llinars del Vallès, which was commissioned as part of a public investment in cultural facilities for the region. The complex is formed from two volumes, one containing More

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Work to begin this May on New York condo tower by Álvaro Siza

An image of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza’s first US project – an upscale residential tower in Manhattan – has been released, with construction slated to begin this May. Called 611 West 56th Street, the 35-storey building will rise over 420 feet (128 metres). It will be constructed on New York’s West Side, near the corner More

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Siza and Souto de Moura’s 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion was “hugely complicated”

Movie: gallery director Julia Peyton-Jones remembers the challenges involved in creating Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura’s complicated, column-less Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura teamed up with engineer Cecil Balmond, who was then working for Arup, to design the 2005 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion. The Portuguese architects’ structure featured a large, column-free wooden canopy based on […]

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Álvaro Siza’s first US project to be a luxury residential tower in Manhattan

Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has been commissioned to design a luxury condominium tower in New York City – his first American project. The real estate firms Sumaida + Khurana and LENY will announce today that they have hired Siza to design their latest building: a 35-storey residential tower called 611 West 56th Street. Slated to […]

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Álvaro Siza: “Emotion is very important” in architecture

Interview: Álvaro Siza, one of the world’s most decorated architects, spoke to Dezeen recently in his home city of Porto, Portugal. In this interview he tells us his projects are never finished “because we never have enough time”. Siza is a cult figure on the architecture circuit whose work has been described as “poetic modernism”. The […]
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