ateliermob designs a flood-resistant canoeing station in Portugal
The town of Alvega, Portugal is located on the banks of the Tejo River. Following a public competition, ateliermob was selected to design a canoeing station on a beach along the river. The building, which contains storage facilities, changing rooms, a cafeteria and a dock, had to be designed to... View full entry
The four and a half days that Portugal ran entirely on renewable energy
The 130 giant wind turbines that sprout from the peaks, slicing the air with a rhythmic sigh, have helped Portugal to a remarkable achievement. For four and a half days in May the country ran entirely on electricity from renewable sources: wind, hydro and solar power.
Despite fears of a blackout, the lights stayed on for a record 107 hours between 6.45am on Saturday 7 May and 5.45pm the following Wednesday.
— The Guardian
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AL_A-designed Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) opens in Lisbon
Lisbon's new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology officially opens October 5, spread across two structures: the renovated interior of a former power station, and a new kunsthalle designed by AL_A.The MAAT was founded by the EDP Foundation, a private Portuguese organization primarily focused... View full entry
Pedro Gadanho leaves MoMA to become first artistic director of Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon
The new Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon recently selected architect and writer Pedro Gadanho as its first Artistic Director. Gadanho is leaving his post as a curator in MoMA's Department of Architecture and Design, which he's held since 2012 – a relatively quick... View full entry
Portugal’s architects lead new hotel trend
Architects don’t invent anything; they transform reality”, Álvaro Siza Vieira, the giant of Portuguese modern architecture, has often been quoted as saying. Could it be that a need to transform reality then, or even to escape it, is at the root of a new wave of architectural projects in the Portuguese hotel industry?
Kenneth Frampton to receive Lisbon Triennale Lifetime Achievement Award 2013
Architecture critic, historian, and professor Kenneth Frampton was named as the 2013 laureate for the Lisbon Triennale Lifetime Achievement Award on Dec. 15. The award recognizes a person or practice whose work and ideas have had a lasting influence on architectural theory and practice today... View full entry
Josep Lluís Mateo completes Cultural Center in Castelo Branco, Portugal
Architect Josep Lluís Mateo has now completed the final phase of the Castelo Branco Cultural Center in Portugal. Mateo first proposed the design, which won first prize, in an invited competition in 2000. The new Cultural Center in the historic town of Castelo Branco features an ice-skating rink, an exhibition space, and an auditorium — all integrated into one fluid structure.
Here's a few photos of the new Cultural Center: To see more, head over to Bustler. Photos by Adrià Goula. View full entry
"Relocation of the D. Maria Pia Bridge" proposal by Bandeira/Ramalho calls attention to urban regeneration policies
In a recent international call for ideas to regenerate the Aurifícia block in Oporto, Portugal, architects Pedro Bandeira and Pedro Nuno Rumalho figuratively and literally made a monumental statement in their proposal to dismantle and relocate the decommissioned D. Maria Pia Bridge into... View full entry
Work Towards Fairness: Restoring the Casa do Passal in honor of its humanitarian owner
The opening of Work Towards Fairness by architect Eric Moed signifies the first step towards the restoration of Casa do Passal in central Portugal. The Casa do Passal was formerly inhabited by Aristides de Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese diplomat who helped around 30,000 people escape into neutral... View full entry
House in Tavira by Vitor Vilhena
Context South of Portugal, Algarve, Tavira. Here the ocean peeks, while the 400 olive trees surround the house. An old building has to give place to a new one, keeping the two- volume-footprint in the soft topography. Solution Based on the area occupied by the pre-existence, maintaining the... View full entry
PACMAN Recycling Containers Win Iberian Urban Equipment Prize
For the second consecutive year, Portuguese design office AND-RÉ has won the Iberian Urban Equipment Prize - Larus/Architectures, this year in the category Urban Furniture with "PACMAN", a captivating design that sets out to change the mindset of citizens in their relation with recycling. In 2011, the office won the award in the Lighting Design category with the "Verso" lighting system.
BLUETUBE BAR by DOSE
Portuguese collective DOSE has sent us images and a fascinating time-lapse video of their project BLUETUBE BAR, a temporary bar to operate at the annual academic festival in Oporto, Portugal, Queima das Fitas. The project won the student competition sponsored by the School of Architecture at Oporto University.