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Portuguese Architecture

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? – 1992


Education & Research

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Via Panorâmica Edgar Cardoso 215
4150 Porto

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Faculdade De Arquitectura Do Porto‎

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October 01st, 2019

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Porto, Portugal
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When the growing numbers of Architecture students at the School of Fine Arts where becoming excessive for the proper teaching of the course, the University of Porto granted a new location in another parish of the city, Massarelos. Álvaro Siza was commissioned to design the premises for the newly independent faculty, which were completed in 1992.

The School of Architecture of Porto articulates along the limits of an ancient farm right next to the Douro river, creating a wide central space, like an interior square, surrounded by the built volumes. This intervention reveals a lot of sensibility with the surroundings, in communication with the river and the sea. Stairs and ramps distribute the various accesses to the different levels and functional zones. The apparent fragmentation of the build volumes, visible on the project drawings, recovers its continuity in the circulation at the inferior level.



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