Casa de Musica, Porto, Portugal
This freestanding edgy volume was designed by OMA - Rem Koolhaas and Ellen van Loon in 2005. Its shape stands out of the surrounding urban situation, that is characterised by residential blocks. This icone is like an foreign object that takes up the the typical portuguese architectural elements like the Azulejos on the terrace.
It´s a wonderful city and after Lisbon the 2nd largest city in north Portugal. Beside the facades that are covered with the typical colorful painted Azulajos, there are also some in built in the classical style with many ornaments and great examples of modern architecture. I think that Porto is more authentic than Lisbon. You can feel the pulse, the charm and the character of a portuguese city.
Cento de Alto Rendimento, Villa Nova de Foz Coa, Portugal
In the valley of the Rio Douro and close to the town Vila Nova de Foz Côa there is a white structure wiggling up the hill. The greater part of this building was tuck into the hill and covered with local stone in order to smoothly blend into the unique landscape. By aimed cuts into the organic structure of the building the architect creates a nice connection between the interior and the exterior. For me this is a great example of architecture for place and a how to integrate the surrounding landscape.
The North, Portugal
The northern part of the country is less touristic and you might find sleepy towns, old men riding on their donkeys and fantastic examples of local and vernecular architecture constructed by farmers. In the many natural parks some old, very original authentic villages of the local stones have been preserved and sometimes it seems like nothing except the advertisments has been changed over time. The beautiful city Coimbra has an important University which is hosted in fantastic old architecture.
The South, Portugal
The south of Portugal is known for its tourism, the beautiful beaches, many hotel complexes, golf yards and fisher villages. Originally the landscape was shaped by white painted houses, and some covered with azulejos. Because of the hot summers the most of the plants are yellow and brown. Today the coast is aligned with huge hotel complexes and the concrete architecture from the seventies. But never the less it has still its own charme as you can see in the photographs.
Belém Lisboa, Portugal
In this district of Lisbon many important sights and museums can be found. Definitely well worth seeing are the Torre de Belém, the Centro Cultural de Belém, the National Carriages Museum and the Padrao dos Desobrimentos. Another must see are the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos with its wonderful patio and the monastery church.
EDP Headquarters Lisboa, Portugal
Walking through the city and getting a first impression of the famous Lisbon I discovered this office building by mere chance. Immediately I was fascinated by the atrium which was covered with the white steel swords aswell as the facade. The stunning composition between light and shaddow created a unique atmosphere as well as a pleasent clima for taking a break on a hot summer day.
The EDP Headquater was designed by Aires Mateus architects and is located close to the sea in the same quarter as the University and many residential buildings.
EXPO 98 Lisboa, Portugal
Today this busy area hosts many offices, residential complexes, cultural offers like museums, aquariums, bars, restaurants and many more. The great Gare Oriente by Santiago Calatrava welcomes you when you arrive by train. One of the highlights are the Portuguese Pavillion by Álvaro Siza, the Pavilhao dos Oceanos and the Torre Vasco de Gama. When spending a couple of days in Lisbon this part of the city certainly is worth a visit.
Every year anew many tourists are attracted by the beautiful capital of Portugal, famous for its many facades coverd of Azulejos - the wonderfully painted tiles. The atmosphere of the city at the atlantic ocean is like in no other european city. It is full of stunning places, beautiful roads a ligned with wonderful facedes and squares with cafés, vine bars and restaurants. After the crisis 2010 the city regenerated a new and important scene of designers, artist, musicians and creatives who fill the city with their creativity and spirit.