ARX Portugal, Lisbon Architect Studio, Architecture Book

ARX Arquitectos, Lisboa : Portuguese Architects

Portuguese Architecture Office – Lisbon Design Studio

24 Apr 2012

ARX Lisbon – Portugal Book News


Thursday 3rd of May, 6.30 pm at the MUDE Museum, Lisbon, Portugal, the second book related with the 20th years of ARX architecture office is going to be launched. It’s a book about the creative process.


Brick is Red takes the reader’s eyes through a series of images, text fragments and graphic schemes, extracted from the most common designing tools in ARX architecture office. Following a wide range arch, from the first sketches to the complete built work, some additional aspects usually crossing our creative practice are here gradually disclosed.

ARX Lisbon Architects book
photograph from ARX PORTUGAL

Even though this “unveiling” may reveal a clearly systematized operative methodology, it is nevertheless a non-linear process crossed by doubt, contingency, failure, error and surprise. It is then a universe of uncertainty that opens up without filters or explanations, leaving up to the reader the opportunity to interpret the material here put forth.

In architecture, a great part of the composition process entails the architect’s interaction with others. Likewise, Brick is Red is a book with many interactions: the architects, photographers, the graphic designer, who altogether appropriates their images (as he works on them) and a writer.

To the likeness of the countless scale-models produced by ARX throughout the years, this book takes on a thorough craftsmanship, endowed with strong tactile dimension, where front and back covers are made of the material most often used in model building at the atelier: grey recycled cardboard. The expressiveness of this “raw” material and the absence of a book spine, exposing its black-thread stitches binding the signatures, suggest an unfinished book, a work-in-progress, a construction site.

ARX, Lisbon, March 9th, 2012

Editor: ARX Portugal Arquitectos
Graphic Designer: Pedro Falcão
Editorial Coordination: ARX Portugal Arquitectos
Authors: ARX Portugal Arquitectos; Pedro Falcão, Gonçalo M. Tavares
Press Office: Ana Fontes
Translation: Cláudia Pinto
Proofreading: António Massano

Technical Features
– Size: 305 X 230 cm
– Number of pages: 248
– Folios: 5/5 print + general water varnish on paper Perigor matte 150 grs; paper fibres parallel to spine
– Endleaves: Sirio black 140 grs w/o print
– Hardcover: 3mm cardboard printed Frt. 15X16 cm
– Binding: signatures sewn in black thread, paperback thermally activated perfect binding, face trimmed and front cover + back cover glued to respective endleaf (no cardboard on spine)
– Number of Prints: 1000
– Bilingual edition: Portuguese and English

ARX Arquitectos : main page with news + building images

12 Jan 2012

ARX Portugal – News


Book #1

Noting the 20 years of ARX Portugal (*), 3 books were prepared to be published till September 2012.
20YEARS/HOUSES, with an essay by Joseph Grima (Domus magazine Editor-in-chief ) focus on private houses projects between 1989-2011. This book can be ordered at:

Soon will be announced the publication of the next 2 books: Brick Is Red and ARX 1991-2011 (including interviews, essays, and projects). More information can be asked through [email protected] (*) Started in Berlin (1991) by Nuno Mateus and José Mateus, ARX Portugal is an architecture office based in Lisbon.

17 Jun 2011

ARX Portugal – Studio News


Noting the 20 years of ARX Portugal (*), we relaunch our web site ( in a new format (design by R2; programming by StreetDog) with extensive information about the most recent works.

Soon will be announced the publication of 3 books: Brick Is Red, 20 houses and a monograph including interviews, essays, and projects.

(*) Started in Berlin (1991) by Nuno Mateus and José Mateus, ARX Portugal is an architecture office based in Lisbon.

More projects by ARX Portugal Arquitectos online soon

Location: Largo de Santos, 4 . 1º, 1200-808 Lisboa, Portugal

ARX Lisbon Architects Practice Information

Architecture studio based in Lisbon, Portugal

Portuguese Architect : – contact details

Alvaro Siza : Alvaro Siza

Other Projects by ARX:

Barreiro College of Technology, Barreiro, Portugal

Blood Bank, Coimbra, Spain

Blood Bank centre, Porto, Portugal

Portuguese Architecture

Contemporary Portuguese Architecture

Portuguese Architecture Designs – chronological list

Portuguese Houses

Portuguese Architecture – Selection

1032 Foz Housing, Rua de Gondarém 1032/1040, Porto
Architects: dEMM arquitectura
1032 Foz Housing, Porto Apartments
photography : FG+SG | architectural photography
1032 Foz Housing Porto

Costa Nova Sailing Club, Ílhavo, Aveiro
Architects: Ferreira Arquitectos
Costa Nova Sailing Club Ilhavo
photography : Ivo Tavares Studio
Costa Nova Sailing Club, Ílhavo

Portuguese Architects

Oporto Architecture Competition

Buildings / photos for the ARX Architects Lisbon page welcome