Siza . Castanheira

The Chinese Academy of Art . Hangzhou

Siza . Castanheira . International Design Museum of China . Hangzhou (1)

Álvaro Siza . Carlos Castanheira . photos: © FG+SG | architectural photography . + dezeen

The Chinese Academy of Art (CAA) in Hangzhou has two campuses. One is in the city center, near West Lake, and a new larger campus is in the outskirts. The presence of the architect Wang Shu is ubiquitous on the new campus: most of it buildings were designed by him. When we started on this work, he had not yet received the 2012 Pritzker Prize. The help that we received from both of him and his architect wife Lu Wenyu during the early stages of our work – and even today -, were and continue to be fundamental. Continue reading Siza . Castanheira


Álvaro Siza

Manuel Cargaleiro Arts Office . Seixal

Álvaro Siza . Manuel Cargaleiro Arts Office . Seixal  (1)

Álvaro Siza Vieira . photos: © João Morgado – Architecture Photography

The Manuel Cargaleiro Arts Office, an architectural project designed by Arqt. Siza Vieira, aims to promote contemporary art, in particular the work of Manuel Cargaleiro, as well as the Manuel Cargaleiro Foundation collections, through temporary exhibitions , the development of educational activities within the framework of its programming and the promotion of partnerships with similar organizations. Continue reading Álvaro Siza


Álvaro Siza

Capela do Monte . Lagos

Álvaro Siza . Capela do Monte . Lagos (1)

Álvaro Siza Vieira . photos: © Joao Morgado

The Monte da Charneca Center, scheduled to open in early 2021, is a privately funded initiative that will offer visitors to Portugal’s Algarve region a peaceful, spirit-restoring retreat. Conceived by a Swiss-American couple who have lived in the area since the mid-1980s, the Center has as its focal point a non-denominational Christian chapel designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning architect Álvaro Siza, who also has advised on the Center’s master plan. The Capela do Monte (Hillside Chapel) opened in March 2018 just before Easter. Seven typical houses, sensitively restored over the past 30 years with a local heritage architect, already form the renewed core of Monte da Charneca, a farming hamlet that like many others in the region fell into abandonment and ruin. In addition to encompassing the seven houses, the 7-hectare Center (17.3 acres) has its own water supply, is energy self-sufficient through solar power, and maintains an orchard with citrus, almond, fig, and olive trees. The next phase of development will add a handful of new residential structures in a consistent architectural style, along with facilities to help revitalize traditional agricultural activity and welcome visitors. Continue reading Álvaro Siza