As is true with most old churches in Portugal, retaining walls, flights of stairs and large forecourts are designed around a building to help maintain it’s distance from its surroundings. This general strategy is at play in Santa Maria Church in Marco de Canaveses, where Alvaro Siza makes use of the sloping site and lifting the building on a 4m high plateau. Continue reading Álvaro Siza
Sumaida + Khurana and LENY have commissioned Álvaro Siza to design 611 West 56th Street, an ultra-luxury condominium in Manhattan that will be Siza’s first building in the United States.
Located at 823 11th Avenue at the corner of 56th Street in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood, 611 West 56th Street measures 172,000 SF, over 420 feet tall and to be 35 stories. The building will include approximately 80 residences ranging from one- to four-bedrooms and penthouses. Continue reading Álvaro Siza
The Tile Coaling Industry headquarters lies 30 metres west of National Highway 1 at the 227 km. mark The facade of the new building is set parallel and ahead of the existing administrative building, linked by a raised, covered gallery at the upper level The two-storey structure has a 6.40×6.40m modulation. Formally, it consists of two linked bodies. The Exhibition Hall, on a square plan, is partially raised on pillars. It has a stepped roof crowned by a conical skylight. The second body, the offices zone, is on a linear plan with less depth. The roof is slightly curved and has an east-facing balcony/terrace. On the plan, the articulation of the two bodies describes an L-shape with arms In differing dimensions. Continue reading Álvaro Siza