Casa do Penedo is a house built among boulders in the north of Portugal. Its site-specific construction and choice of material makes it such a special architectural project. Adapted to the wet climate, the house provides an unexpected experience upon approaching and entering.
Costa Nova Cultural and Social Center was built by ARX architects in the north of Portugal in 2015. It is an uncommonly beautiful wooden construction with stunning views and acts as a bridge between urban fabric and the ocean.
The Convento da Arrábida was built during the 16th Century, after being founded in 1542 by Friar Martinho de Santa Maria. It became an important site for pilgrimage and a home to monks, living in cells carved into the steep rocks of the mountain range of Arrábida.
A Portuguese architecture classic: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on construction with locally fabricated bricks.
Syntropic agriculture as a sustainable practice, a system developed based on the ideas of Ernst Gotsch, is explored at the Herdade Freixo do Meio.
Time stands still at this estate based on a regenerative agroforestry model and organic farming methods with majestic cork trees and organic produce.
Learning about the process of making bricks, the unique beauty of the material, the danger of bricks breaking with the cold and about hand crafts becoming almost extinct in Portugal as a building material supplier.
Emilia's energy immediately fascinates the curious onlooker, passing on her rare knowledge about tapete de Arraiolos, a traditional Portuguese rug technique.
Hand painted tiles date back to the mid 16th Century in Portugal, one of the most traditional factories Viúva Lamego explains their relevance today.
Clara Lab is a holistic design research center in south Portugal, exploring sustainable development and stressing the importance to re-invent a rural future.
Mizette Nielsen preserves a piece of Portuguese cultural history by keeping alive regional weaver patterns for textile manufacturing with remixed colours.
Bolotas, or acorns, might be considered unusual vegetables but they are finding a way back to human consumption thanks to their many nutrients. Learn how.
Local sustainable building materials and techniques are discussed in the Portuguese classic book: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on rammed earth construction.
Female pioneers Anahory Almeida re-value traditional crafts in their architectural practice, transforming Portuguese culture from tradition to innovation.
Francisco explains the conservation of biodiversity, the smell of freshly harvested cork and the many advantages of cork as a sustainable building material.
Manuel Aires Mateus on Europe’s cultural history, a building's sustainability and durability, regional influence and what to pass on to the next generation.
A biodiversity hotspot, spanning across rolling hills of protected nature. A home to animals, grapes for Portuguese wine and the slow forward movement.
Exploring green design and natural building materials with the aim to improve life quality while meeting environmental guidelines with Catarina Pinto.
Local building materials and techniques are discussed in this Portuguese classic book: Dialogos de edificaçao. This chapter focusses on adobe construction.
One of the most extensive architecture books featuring Portuguese vernacular architecture, geography and population, published in the 1980s. Algarve region.
One of the most extensive books on Portuguese architecture, geography, geology and population form the 1980s. Alentejo region.
One of the most extensive architecture books featuring Portuguese vernacular architecture, geography and population, published in the 1980s. Central zone.