Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal

Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal is part of the Tentative list of Portugal in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

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Kyle Magnuson

California - United States of America - 11-Aug-18 -

Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T) by Kyle Magnuson

On my last night in Portugal I had booked a hotel in Lisbon, near the airport, just South of Vasco da Gama Bridge. This area is known as Parque das Nações (newly created district, 2012) and its a vastly different area of Lisbon. In this Northeast area along the Tagus River, you can see the massive bridge (longest bridge in Europe). There is also a plethora of venues for music, art, and culture. 

This is the setting we find Alvaro Siza's "Pavilion of Portugal". In some sense this is New Lisbon, in part a product of the 98' World Expo. The Pavilion itself is quite unique, its design elements have been described with an "enormous and impossibly thin concrete canopy, draped effortlessly between two mighty porticoes." This is an accurate description. My picture partly captures this, but not perfectly. This public venue seems well-used as a musical and cultural space. As I visited the Pavilion, workers were preparing for a large concert. 

The setting is excellent, the nearby esplanade on the water and museums all made a fine area to walk. For any architectural enthusiast, this site and other works by Alvaro Siza should be interesting. A living modernist architect of whom's work spans seven decades, perhaps this can be seen as exceptional?

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Wojciech Fedoruk

Poland - 04-Jul-17 -

Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal (T) by Wojciech Fedoruk

Driving the most popular motorway Lisbon-Porto we made a quick detour to see the university campus in Aveiro, especially its library building, placed on Portuguese T-List. The library, according to the description of the proposal, is one of the best examples of Alvaro Siza's architectural style. I am not familiar with modern architecture and I have not heard about Alvaro Siza before, but I liked the library building and the whole campus. In style and atmosphere it is so different from (not so distant) University of Coimbra but if I was a student again, I might consider these two places equally. I am not aware how many buildings of the Aveiro University have been designed by (or in cooperation with) Alvaro Siza, but the library building is similar in style to all other edifices of the campus. The library building can be seen from outside, taking photographs is not allowed inside (and as a visitor you can only enter the lobby). Although all my family liked the visit, being ignorants in modern architecture we could not understand the potential outstanding universal value of the place.


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Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Bank in Oliveira de Azeméis (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Pavilion of Portugal in Expo'98 (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Baixa Chiado Masterplan and Metro Station (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Faculty of Architecture University of Porto (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Aleixo Offices (Architechtural Practice) (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Sao Bento Metro Station (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Serralves (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Boavista Building (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Quinta da Malagueira housing estate (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Library of the University of Aveiro (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Cuatro Casas (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Santa Maria church of Marco de Canavezes (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Piscina da Quinta da Conceicao (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Viera De Castro House (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Revigrés (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Adega Mayor (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Piscina das Mares (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Casa de Chá da Boa Nova (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Beires House (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Bank in Vila do Conde (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Casa Avelino Duarte (T)
Ensemble of Alvaro Siza's Architecture Works in Portugal: Escola de Educação de Setúbal (T)
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