Portugal’s Best Architecture Projects ♦ Portugal is a country that has everything to offer. The great Portuguese architecture reflects what you can find better in our country. Here are two of the most respected architects in the world. In 1992, Álvaro Siza Vieira won the Pritzker Prize, and in 2011, Eduardo Souto Moura followed his steps by getting the same prize. Today Secrets From Portugal brings you some of the best examples of high-quality Portuguese architecture.
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Casa da Música
Porto, an illuminated city, welcomed with arms wide open, in 2005, Casa da Música. A project full of eccentricity, culture and innovation. Porto always had a close relationship to the arts and Casa da Música was created to enhance this very idea, in a way of continuity. The eternal perpetuity of that physical phenomenon which is sound, saw in Porto a home to live for many years. Designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, master of contemporary architecture and winner of a Pritzker, this creation doesn’t follow conventional patterns and claims itself as a modern artistic landmark. Undoubtedly, a visual soundtrack for the soul.
Address – Av. da Boavista 604-610, 4149-071 Porto, Portugal
Located in Lisbon, on the Parque das Nações, the Aquarium is an inspiring and superb creation. It consists of a “public aquarium” and research institute for the marine biology and oceanography. Here we find it all – birds, mammals, fishes, plants. Regarded as the best aquarium in the world by TripAdvisor, its conceptual design was conceived by the north-american Peter Chermayeff. Surrounded by the waters of Tejo’s River, the Aquarium is also a stage for knowledge and a motto for many study visits. The depths can both be calm and relentless, triggering the curiosity of thousands of people around the world.
Address: Esplanada Dom Carlos I s/nº, 1990-005 Lisboa, Portugal
MAAT – Art, Architecture and Technology’s Museum – is the corresponding of a free drawing that always keeps its functionality. The building holds within itself undiscovered secrets, utopias that become reality and the globality of knowledge. The involvement that possesses us when we visit this mythical museum is embracing and, at the same time, singular. Never a walk on the routes of wisdom felt so good. Dedicated to the young and to the not so young, MAAT is the centre stage for adventure. Architecture assumes expansive contours in this creation, proving that this ancient art can be associated to the highest causes.
Address: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal
Amares’ Monastery Historic Hotel
The Amares’ Historic Hotel, located in the heart of Santa Maria do Bouro, is a visionary architectural project in Portugal. This historic hotel, visited by thousands of people every year, is the zenith of a harmonious synergy between the surrounding landscape and a subtle aesthetic sense. Designed by Eduardo Souto de Moura, the historic hotel is a synonym with transformation its most pure meaning. Enhancing the characteristics of an art that has as much of logical as of emotional, the Amares’ Historical Hotel is a portrait of a time that is in constant evolution. Here, the symmetry and its singularities translate in unique moments that empower a whole layer of sensations bound to endure in our memories.
Address: Largo do Terreiro – Santa Maria do Bouro, 4720-633 Amares, Portugal
Covet Town is the ultimate proof that dreams guide our lives. A bold and revolutionary project, Covet Town aims to be the home of design in Portugal. The sector’s future starts here, in Gondomar, and it is estimated that the project will be concluded by 2020. A new dimension for the creative field, Covet Town contains all the dynamism and inventiveness that are characteristic in a project like this. It will gather the 43 businesses and brands of the Covet Group and will be prepared to receive 2.500 people at its premises. The goal? On a short-term, boost the national economy. On a long-term, celebrate design.
Address: R. Padre Dehon 101, 4435-371 Fânzeres, Portugal
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