We don’t need to play golf to design the buildings that are required where it is played.
But it is necessary to have an understanding of the functions, habits, some rules and also the requierments and expectations of the client and the players.
Saya Park lacked a chapel.
There were plenty of symbols for meditation and introspection, allowing visitors to experience moments of beauty out in the open.
A space of internal beauty was needed.
The Chapel building tucks into the hillside, opening up to the East and allowing in the light of the new day. Continue reading Siza . Castanheira
Each new project is a new challenge.
This is what makes architecture interesting and makes being an architect an unsettling profession.
Given the great complexity of its brief, The Haishang Museum will not be just one Museum. Continue reading Siza . Castanheira
We cross Saya Park through a pine forest.
Taking in the immediate landscape; we are absorbed by Nature.
The views are filtered through gnarled branches and low-lying vegetation.
A tower built of exposed concrete sits up on a little hill.
It is sited above the valley, trying to make it narrower.
Curiosity draws us into the tower, to climb and reach the top. Continue reading Siza . Castanheira
We climb a gentle path to get there.
We are absorbed by silence as we contemplate this endless and ethereal space.
Again, here function determines the space. Open and endless.
At the centre, the family gathers around the memory of their loved ones. Continue reading Siza . Castanheira