The Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza has completed a residential high-rise at 611 West 56th Street in New York City, his first work in the United States. With a limestone cladding striking a contrast with its neighbors, the slender, 137-meter tower c
The chapel, built in concrete and lined with local limestone, is a slender volume of clear lines tucked into the sloping terrain of the hill. The worship space is accessed from the side through a terraced courtyard facing the views.
Along Mexico’s Oaxaca coast, in Puerto Escondido, is the main center of Casa Wabi Foundation, designed by the Japanese architect Tadao Ando. An initiative of the artist Bosco Sodi, Casa Wabi is an initiative based on the wabi-sabi concept, a worldvie
Located on a mountainside overlooking the East China Sea, this mausoleum forms part of Chin Pao San, a private cemetery that belongs to the Jinshan District of New Taipei City.
Intended as home for a recently acquired collection of 7,000 original pieces from the Bauhaus, this new museum completes the campus of the Chinese Academy of Art.
Nestled in the dense woodlands of Gyeongsang Province, this refined complex of sculpture-like constructions explores the close relationship between architecture and landscape.
Located in a residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the city of Rennes, in northwestern France, the volumes of the new parish church strike up a dialogue with the housing blocks that surround them, while adapting to the existing codes. Organize
Located approximately 40 kilometers from Barcelona, the municipality of Llinars del Vallès rests on gently sloping land stretching between the Montseny massif and the coastal range. On a site in the northeast end of the town, the new theater-auditori
Like a coiled up, sleeping dragon, the new headquarters of the chemical industrial group Shihlien rise in the center of an artificial lake in the city of Huaiyin, in the Chinese province of Jiangsu. The idea of placing the building over the lake was
In August 1988 a fire destroyed eighteen buildings in the historic Chiado quarter, and since then the area’s recovery has been carried out in different phases. Aside from the reconstruction of the demolished volumes, the project takes the opportunity
The research and development department of the South Korean cosmetics company Amore Pacific goes up on a large site in the city of Yongin-si, forty kilometers from Seoul. The project extends and improves the existing business campus facilities with a
Like a cat that stretches and yawns, the Mimesis Museum unfurls introspectively on a nondescript site in Paju Book City, located thirty kilometers from Seoul. This urban complex was founded in 1989 with the purpose of promoting the publishing industr
The waters of the Rhine as it flows through Basel reflect the istrope grid of the Virchow 6 Building, on the east end of the new Novartis Campus. The building joins the long list of projects – by architects like Ando, Chipperfield, Gehry, SANAA, Mone
The main hall of the University of the Basque Country is located in the old port area of Bilbao’s estuary, transformed today with prominent buildings like the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Gehry, the Deusto University Library by Rafael Moneo, and the Ib
Located in a dramatic landscape, even more impressive during the Monsoon, the pavilion is part of a project to bring art closer to citizens through interventions in the natural environment in the South Korean city of Anyang, thirty kilometers from Se
The four semi-detached houses, wrapped in white surfaces with straight lines, are interspersed with the single family houses flanking Avenida da Boavista on its path to the sea. Symmetrically distributed, each one of the houses closes up in the trans
The Fire Station for volunteer firefighters in the municipality of Santo Tirso, thirty kilometers from Porto, includes a main building, an observation tower, and a freestanding volume tucked into the slope of the plot. On the outside, two materials –
In a floodable area, on the banks of the Tâmega River, the foundation dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the work of the painter Nadir Afonso goes up on a series of concrete slabs. Although the terrain is not the best for construction, it
Clad in an even brick skin, the new sports complex in Gondomar is basically made up of two elements: a large elliptical hall and an annex service building. Between them, a sculptural canopy covers a shaded space and marks the main access to the pavil
Sitting atop of a hill amid vineyards and cork trees, a white prism brings out the wavy landscape of Portugal’s Alentejo region. To preserve existing plantations, upon deciding the exact location of the winery it was deemed advisable to prolong a pat
Located in the north of Portugal, in the county of Chaves, the Hotel Vidago Palace was built in 1908. The renovation had to respect the character and spatial composition of the original building, and give the premises the quality it used to have, eli
In northern Portugal, in the Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro region, the Pedras Salgadas Spa opened its doors in 1879 to exploit the healing properties of the fountains in the area. The refurbishment of the main building, consisting of a central volume a
Taking inspiration from the precipitous surrounding landscape, on a hillside of the island of Mallorca, the summer house is split up into a composition of volumes that unfurls as one descends towards the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The house is r
Arquitectura Viva and its director, Luis Fernández-Galiano, understand and regret the discomfort caused by the series Conversations. Filmed between 2013 and 2018, this documentary series of Fundación Arquia, now being streamed on Netflix, was left un
I was born in Matosinhos, in 1933, into a large family. We were five siblings, common at the time, and twelve people living at home, starting with my grandmother, who had come from Brazil as a widow with six children. We ate all together and converse
Memory speaks in these ten interviews with masters. I borrow from Vladimir Nabokov’s autobiography the title for the presentation of these conversations, transcribed as monologues to place the focus on the protagonists, whose voices I hope to have re
Álvaro Siza Undisputed master of contemporary architecture, Álvaro Siza has already received all the most important awards – the Pritzker among them, in the year 1992 –, but he was probably especially happy to receive from his Iberian colleagues th
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Álvaro Siza designs his first high-rise in the United States on the far west side of Manhattan...
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Álvaro Siza has designed a €7.5 coin in honour of fellow Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, which will be put into circulation in Portugal on 12 December 2018. The silver alloy coin features an abstract outline of the crown of a tree
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In conversation with Vicente Verdú, the master Álvaro Siza contemplates themes like drawing, context, influences, and the teaching of architecture.
Álvaro Siza thinks with the pen and the eye. His hand is not a hand that feels; it is a hand that knows. When the line becomes tangled, it is not that the hand is blindly groping for its path, but that it awards itself the freedom of madness and the
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