Architecture trip to Porto, what to visit?



The city of Porto is one of the best-known Portuguese cities around the world. Its decadent character gives it great beauty, since it houses authentic jewels of contemporary architecture, and is also the birthplace of two Pritkzer prizes, which is very unusual: Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura.

Among the projects of these two great masters, you can visit: the FAUP, designed by Álvaro Siza and which still maintains its original essence today, with spaces of great interest such as the library or the Carlos Ramos pavilion. Another more recent project by the same architect is the Serralves museum, where you can currently see the expansion works that are also his work. Continuing with Siza, another project to take into account is the Gramaxo Foundation, recently inaugurated.

FAUP by Álvaro Siza

Museo de Serralves by Álvaro Siza

As for Eduardo Souto de Moura, perhaps the most notable project in the Portuguese city is that of the Burgo Tower, built between 1991 and 2007, but it is not the only one. The residential project designed for the filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira, Casa do Cinema, is interesting, as is his intervention in the Porto metro that expanded its number of lines on the occasion of the European Football Championship held in 2004.

A short distance from Porto is the Santo Tirso sculpture museum, where there is a dialogue between the restoration carried out by Eduardo Souto de Moura and a new building designed by Siza.

Torre Burgo by Souto de Moura

Casa do Cinema by Souto de Moura

Metro de Oporto by Souto de Moura

Santo Tirso de Souto by Moura y Álvaro Siza


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