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Siza . Castanheira

Belvedere in Saya Park

Siza . Castanheira . Belvedere in  Saya Park (1)

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

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

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A chapel in Saya Park

Siza . Castanheira . A chapel in  Saya Park (1)

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

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

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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