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post updated 31 March 2024

Portuguese Architecture Designs – chronological list

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Portuguese Buildings : P-Z

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Portuguese Architecture Designs – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

School of Technology Polytechnic Institute of Beja
Design: Nuno Montenegro Arquitecto Lda
Portuguese Architecture - School of Technology Polytechnic Institute of Beja
photo : Fernando Guerra [FG+SG]
Polytechnic Institute of Beja School of Technology – 28 Mar 2016
The portico structure arises from the combination of the two programmatic requirements. The need to create a corporate iconic image, and the inclusion of a set of amphitheatres.

House of the Arts, Miranda do Corvo, central Portugal – 3 Oct 2013
Design: Future Architecture Thinking (FAT)
House of the Arts Portugal
photograph : Joao Morgado
The sloping roofs of this building establish a dialogue with the geometry of the mountain landscape, in an analogy to the village rooftops. The dynamism achieved through the continuity between façades and roof is accentuated by a strong red colour, emphasizing its design and highlighting the building through the surrounding landscaped area vegetation.

Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo, north west Portugal
Design: Souto Moura Arquitectos
Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo Portugal
photograph : Joao Morgado – Architecture Photography
Cultural Center of Viana do Castelo – 6 Aug 2013
Like a low-level Pompidou Centre with the colour taken out. Eduardo Souto de Moura is a difficult architect to pin down – and that is a good thing. Look at the massive difference between say the highly expressive Estadio Municipal de Braga and the sensitive restoration of Bernardas Convent in Tavira.

Municipal Library Setúbal – 19 Jul 2013
Design: Jordana Tomé + Filipe Oliveira + Vitor Quaresma
Portuguese Architecture - Setúbal Municipal Library
image from architects
The Project designed by the architects Jordana Tomé, Filipe Oliveira and Vitor Quaresma was awarded with the first prize in the Public Competition for the Elaboration of the Project for Setúbal’s Municipal Library.

Porto Bakery, Gondomar – 1 Jul 2013
Architects: Paulo Merlini arquitectura
Portuguese Architecture - Porto Bakery Building Portugal
photograph : Joao Morgado
Porto Bakery Building

Mouriz School Center, Paredes, northern Portugal
Design: CNLL
Portuguese Architecture - Mouriz School Center Portugal
photo : Fernando Guerra
Mouriz School Center – 5 Jun 2013
This is a two-storey school center, including a kindergarten and an elementary school located in Mouriz, Paredes, Northern of Portugal. Formally the school was defined as a longitudinal volume. The longitudinal facades are surfaces mainly sealed, only punctuated by the repetition of the same vertical opening in an apparently randomness, which at a deeper look demonstrates a careful composition instead.

Bernardas Convent Reconversion, Tavira, south east Portugal
Design: Souto Moura Arquitectos
Portuguese Architecture - Bernardas Convent Building
photos : Luis Ferreira Alves
Bernardas Convent Reconversion – 10 Apr 2013
The restoration of the Convento das Bernardas is based on the construction of a resort with 78 residences. The architecture design is divided into two types of intervention, with new construction work and the recovery of the existing building.

Bo Zen Bar, Braga, northern Portugal
Design: Central Arquitectos
Bo Zen Bar Braga
photo : Joao Morgado
Bo Zen Bar – 20 Mar 2013
The challenge for the architects was to design a Bar located in a pre-existing building whose concept was to create a space with the characteristics of a private living room.

Volunteer Firefighters Barracks, Santo Tirso, Portugal
Design: Álvaro Siza Vieira
Volunteer Firefighters Barracks Portugal
photo : Joao Morgado
Volunteer Firefighters Barracks – 20 Feb 2013

House for Elderly People in Alcácer do Sal, near Lisbon, southern Portugal
Design: Aires Mateus Arquitectos
House for Elderly People Alcácer do Sal
picture : FG SG
House for Elderly People, Alcácer do Sal
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L´and Vineyards, Alentejo, south eastern Portugal
Interiors: studio mk27 – marcio kogan + diana radomysler + suzana glogowski
Architecture: Promontorio
L´and Vineyards Portugal
photo : Fernando Guerra
L´and Vineyards – 16 Jan 2013
Five world-renowned architects have lent their work to the award-winning project, bringing a distinct personality to each of the resort’s seven clusters, with modern architecture that reinterprets traditional Mediterranean design.

Veterinary Hospital, Portugal
Design: deMM arquitectura
Veterinary Hospital Portugal
photo : Pedro Lobo
Veterinary Hospital – 12 Dec 2012
The client intended to create a veterinary hospital within the empty space of an industrial warehouse. As it was a rented space and the owners didn’t want to modify the existing site, a light construction system, easy to build and to remove was required.

U House, Ericeira, western Portugal
Design: Jorge Graça Costa
House for a Professional Surfer
photograph : Fernando Guerra, FG + SG
U House – 24 Aug 2012
A sustainable House for a Professional Surfer
The U House located in Ericeira, a World Surfing Reserve, was designed for José Gregório three times national Surf champion and a well known big wave rider, his wife and two daughters. This 300 Square meter house occupies a big lot, surrounded by a dense mesh of trees, on top of a hill overlooking Saint Lorenzo Bay.

San Lorenzo North Villa, Quinta do Lago, The Algarve, south west Portugal
Design: Imaestri
San Lorenzo North Villa
image from developer
Portuguese Villa – 20 Aug 2012
In addition to Quinta do Lago celebrating 40 years of continued success this year, they have launched their final 26 plots for sales in the San Lorenzo enclave of the resort. This crisply designed contemporary house represents the development as a show villa.

Platforma Artes Guimarães, northern Portugal
Pitágoras Architects
Platforma Artes Guimarães
photograph : Joao Morgado
Platforma Artes Guimarães – 12 Jul 2012

Ovar House
Design: Paula Santos Arquitectos
House in Ovar
photograph : Nelson Garrido
Ovar House – 9 Jul 2012
The house at Ovar, Portugal, is an exercise where we stretched to the limit a number of ideas and concepts for a long time already contained in other projects, which had never been put in place. It is also – and above all – a project, which allows for thinking with other people about their own way of inhabiting a dwelling.

Vidago Palace Spa, Porto
Álvaro Siza Vieira
Vidago Palace Spa
photo : Nelson Garrido
Vidago Palace Spa – 2 May 2012
Latest building by Pritzker Prize winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira: in stark contrast to the main building’s Belle Epoque opulence, The Spa is a minimalist oasis of clean lines and white marble.

Portuguese Buildings – Major Designs

Key Architecture Developments in Portugal, alphabetical:

Carlos Ramos Pavilion
Álvaro Siza Vieira
Carlos Ramos Pavilion
photo : Nelson Garrido
Carlos Ramos Pavilion Porto

Casa da Música, Oporto
Rem Koolhaas Architects
Portuguese Architecture - Casa da Musica Portugal
photo : Phillipe Ruault
Casa da Musica

Casa Dos Cubos, Tomar
Portuguese Architecture - Casa Dos Cubos
photo : DMF
Casa Dos Cubos

Casa Possanco, near Lisbon
ARX Portugal
Portuguese Architecture - Casa Possanco
photo : FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura
Casa Possanco

The Champalimaud Foundation
Charles Correa Associates with RMJM
Lisbon Research Center
image from architects
Lisbon Research Center

Church of Marco de Canaveses
Alvaro Siza Vieira
Portuguese Architecture - Church of Macro de Canaveses
photo from Alvaro Siza
Church of Marco de Canaveses

Habitable Sculpture, Lisbon
Miguel Arruda architect
Habitable Sculpture Lisbon
image : FG+SG-Fotografia de Arquitectura
Habitable Sculpture

House II in Aroeira Caparica
ARX Portugal Arquitectos
Portuguese Architecture - House in Aroeira
photo : FG + SG – Fotografia de Arquitectura
House II in Aroeira

Living Foz – apartment building, Oporto
dEMM arquitectura
Portuguese Architecture - Living Foz apartments
image from architect
Living Foz

Olive Oil Factory, southern Portugal
Ricardo Bak Gordon
Portuguese Architecture - Oil Factory Herdade do Marmelo
photo : FG + SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
Olive Oil Factory Marmelo Mill

Palácio de Justiça de Gouveia
Barbosa & Guimaraes
Portuguese Architecture - Law Courts in Gouveia
photo : José Campos, architectural photography
Palácio de Justiça de Gouveia

Vodafone Building, Porto
Barbosa & Guimarães
Vodafone Building Porto
image © Barbosa & Guimarães
Vodafone Building

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