Siza’s Malagueira housing project, one of the most ambitious urban interventions of the young Portuguese democracy after the 1974 Revolution of the Carnations, has gradually grown over the years from a low-cost housing project into thee authentic city neighborhood that Siza envisioned. As a part of this improvement, Siza has designed a restaurant and tearoom on one of the slopes overlooking the neigborhood, returning to the program of the Boa Nova Restaurant which inaugurated his career in his native Matosinhos. At Boa Nova, the windows overlook the waves crashing against the rocks; here, similar windows overlook manmade landscape. The building takes advantage of the slope of the terrain to convert the level of access behind the entry into a large square hall with views on both sides. This prismatic, horizontal volume, cut by horizontal windows of an unmistakably Corbusian flavor, rises over the terrain on four canted piers. It is crowned by two comers pavilions overlooking the panoramic roof terrace. The functional program is divided into three elements: a linear block for the kitchens, storerooms and services, the horizontal prism with the large dining room and upper terrace, and a lateral wing, open on one side like a loggia, which serves as a supplemental dining room or tearoom... [+]
Cámara Municipal de Evora.