ALVARO SIZA: Iberian minimalism

Designer Feature vol. 5

Sports Center, Llobregat, Spain

I love the work of Siza. His projects arise as natural reactions to the physical, cultural, and, I could almost say, spiritual environment which they inhabit. He masterfully blends *vernacular architecture with minimalism to create poetic references to place while exploring issues of form and space. When I think of Siza’s work I always imagine these large spans of white-washed walls or these intricate plans where every turn and edge has been thought out. That’s part of his genius – being able to work from the largest scale of the site plan to the minute details of where the concrete meets the wood.

The following are some of my favorites of his many projects…

*vernacular architecture uses methods of construction which use locally available resources and traditions to address local needs.

Boa Nova Tea House, Matosinhos, Portugal
Boa Nova Tea House, Matosinhos, Portugal
Mimesis Museum
Mimesis Museum
Mimesis Museum
Mimesis Museum
Mimesis Museum
Mimesis Museum
Church of Marco Canaveses, Portugal
Church of Marco Canaveses, Portugal
Leca Swimming Pools, Leca da Palmeira, Portugal
Leca Swimming Pools, Leca de Palmeira, Portugal
Leca Swimming Pools, Leca da Palmeira, Portugal
Portugal Pavillion, Lisbon, Portugal
Serpentine Pavillion, London, UK
Anyang Pavillion, Korea
Anyang Pavillion, Korea
Ibere Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Ibere Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Ibere Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Ibere Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brasil
Ibere Camargo Foundation, Porto Alegre, Brasil
House in Mallorca, Spain
House in Mallorca, Spain
House in Mallorca, Spain
House in Mallorca, Spain
House in Mallorca, Spain
Serralves Museum, Oporto, Portugal
Serralves Museum
Serralves Museum
Insel Hombroich Architecture Museum, Germany 2008
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3 Comments

  1. Genius. The lines in the Mimesis are my favorite.

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  2. …great choice of images in combination with the floor plans and sections. Together it forms a personal and concise impressions of Alvaro Siza´s architecture.

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  3. Tolo house is one of Siza’s son building.

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