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,…
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…
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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.
Completed in 2014, the Elliptical House by Mário Martins Atelier is based on a geometric shape and volume carved by the landscape.
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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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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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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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 …
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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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…
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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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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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.
The house that was wished by a young couple whom envisioned an irregular house sits on 340 square-meters of land in Bitarães, Portugal.
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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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…
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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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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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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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.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Portuguese architecture practice M2.senos designed an extension to Amélia’s House, a minimal home located in Ilhavo, Portugal.
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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Portuguese design and architecture practice Estudio ODS refurbished a narrow terraced townhouse in Tavira, Portugal.
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.
Inspiration GALLERY Wandering: Lisbonne, Portugal, July 2012 Immersion: Lagos, Algarve, Portugal, August 2012
Lisbon-based architecture practice blaanc designed a one-storey, three-volume home nestled into a vineyard in Montijo, Portugal.
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.
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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Located on the outskirts of Porto, the ‘MR House’ is a sleek box-shaped family home designed by local architecture practice 236 Arquitectos.
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.
Tasked with building a treehouse in a garden without a tree, French studios Saperlipopette Les Architectes and Martial Marquet Architecture have created a wooden structure that instead perches on a wall (+ slideshow). The client had promised his children a treehouse, but unfortunately the only tree overhanging his garden sits on the neighbouring property. To help create More
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Portuguese photographer Nelson Garrido has used both a handheld and drone-mounted camera to capture the zigzagging paths of the Paiva Walkways, an eight-kilometre-long trail through the wild mountain landscape of Arouca, Portugal (+ slideshow). Lisbon-based engineering firm Trimetrica was appointed by the local municipality to create the pedestrian route, which offers visitors a two and a half hour walk alongside rivers, More
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Architecture practice Raulino Silva Arquitecto created a minimal family home in the north of Portugal near the city of Vila do Conde.
This zigzag-shaped holiday home in northern Portugal features a series of stepped levels, designed by Lisbon architecture studio Camarim Arquitectos to evoke “a walk in the countryside” (+ slideshow). Camarim Arquitectos designed Casa na Gateira as a second home for a British couple, following a brief for “space, open air and silence, in contrast to their life in London.” It is situated More
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Each room in this Porto house by 236 Arquitectos is contained within an individual white box, which is stacked irregularly from its neighbour to form a distinctive cluster formation (+ slideshow). Faced with the issue of building on a flood-prone site, the Porto practice led by architect Sebastião Moreira first devised the boxes as a More
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Layers of compacted earth form walls for this house by architecture studio Blaanc, which is set in the middle of a vineyard in Portugal’s Montijo municipality (+ slideshow). Named Vineyard House, the single-storey building comprises three interlocking volumes, which separate living spaces from bedrooms and a home office. Related story: Rammed earth walls surround Craigieburn Library by More
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Four matching staircases lead up to the rooftop terrace of this Algarve hotel by Portuguese studio PAr, offering guests views out towards a nearby lagoon (+ slideshow). Vânia Brito Fernandes acted as both client and designer and architect for the project, which she designed with her PAr co-founders Joana Carmo Simões and Susana Dos Santos Rodrigues. It involved converting the home that formerly belonged More
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The architects behind a prefabricated housing company have completed one of their smallest buildings so far – a cuboidal property raised on a mirrored plinth above a grassy Portuguese landscape (+ movie). MIMA Light is the most simple of the building models offered by the MIMA House brand, established by architects Mário Sousa and Marta Brandão to More
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Architects office ARX Portugal has completed a beachside civic centre on Portugal’s Costa Nova, featuring an exhibition hall facing out to sea and a series of sloping rooftop terraces (+ slideshow). Built on the dunes that separate the coastline from the road, the Centro Sócio-Cultural da Costa Nova provides a series of community facilities, including a health More
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Architecture practice Carvalho Araújo designed a concrete home inspired by the design of a shelter, overlooking the Serra d’Arga mountains in the south of Portugal.
Portuguese studio Aboim Inglez Arquitectos has converted and extended a century-old farmhouse near Lisbon to create a series of holiday homes overlooking the Alentejo plains (+ slideshow). Originally intended as a single holiday retreat for a retired couple from Lisbon, the project evolved to include a new gabled block containing five en-suite bedrooms for holidaymakers. This addition allows More
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800 years after its opening, architects DC.AD and Victor Vicente restored Espelho D’ Água Space, a modernist pavilion constructed to host the ‘Exhibition of the Portuguese World’ in 1940.
Lisbon architecture office Cais has renovated and extended an outdated house in the city, preserving its existing facade and creating an open-plan interior that extends into a new terraced garden at the rear (+ slideshow). Located in the Portuguese capital’s Belém neighbourhood, the plot originally accommodated a single-storey home that Colectivo Cais was asked to upgrade More
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Casa Modesta is a retreat that combines contemporary design with traditional architecture in the Portuguese countryside.
Vertical logs cover the gabled elevations of this rural hotel in southern Portugal, designed by Lisbon studio Future Architecture Thinking (+ slideshow). Miguel Correia’s studio Future Architecture Thinking – whose past projects include an angular red arts and culture centre – designed the Sobreiras Alentejo Country Hotel for a site near the village of Grândola, about an hour’s drive from Lisbon. The 25-hectare estate boasts gentle hills, More
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Perched on a hillside overlooking the vineyards of Portugal’s Baixo Corgo region, this wine-making facility and visitor centre is clad entirely in black brick to minimise its visual impact on the surrounding landscape (+ slideshow). Situated next to a road that winds its way north from the Douro River towards the city of Vila Real, the More
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A narrow swimming pool spans the roof of this concrete house in northern Portugal, designed by local studio Carvalho Araújo to exploit views of the rugged landscape (+ slideshow). Known as Refúgio na Montaria, the compact property occupies the footprint of a former ruin on the edge of Viana do Castelo – a coastal village in northern Portugal. Inspired by the domestic water More
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A strip of glazing separates the blocks of textured concrete and timber that make up this house designed by architecture studio Carvalho Araújo overlooking a valley in northern Portugal (+ slideshow). Gerês House is set against a steep slope in Caniçada Valley, a rural area located 20 miles outside Braga – where one of Carvalho Araújo’s two offices is located. More
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A screen of vertical white louvres meanders around these facilities for campers in central Portugal, designed by Lisbon studio Atelier Rua (+ slideshow). The campsite is situated on the other side of the river Tejo, also known as the Tagus, from the city of Abrantes. Its previous facilities were housed in a string of separate More
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A bedroom at this remodelled and extended house in Porto, Portugal, has been wrapped in cork to shield it from the noise of a nearby school playground (+ slideshow). Casa Bonjardim was designed by Porto studio ATKA Arquitectos for a couple, who wanted space to work at home and a second bedroom for their daughter, who More
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A concrete wine cellar props up one end of this tall white house by Portuguese architect João Mendes Ribeiro, located on an estate that also features an olive grove and a vineyard (+ slideshow). The concrete cellar levels the house on a gently sloping plain in the Fonte Boa area, which is ringed by the […]
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Portuguese firm Ribeiro de Carvalho Arquitectos has completed a winery at an estate in Alentejo, featuring a wide balcony facing out over the vineyards (+ slideshow). Located approximately six miles from the coastline, near the city of Santiago do Cacém, the 23-hectare Herdade do Cebolal wine estate has been in operation for over 100 years. But the original […]
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