Architecture is an "art of permanence" and each work is the result of an intellectual exercise, hence its constant critical reflection on discipline as a way of expanding the problematic field of projects.
The materialization of its architecture, whether white, metallic, stone or with other materials, is always at the service of the concept, form and space, therefore the ability of their works to pose a challenge to both understanding and imagination.
The constructive effort is not shown and, although it is evident to the viewer, the difficulty involved in this magic is only intuited, but it is never fully explained.
In this sense, the constructive information presented in this publication is a kind of "manual for initiated magicians" capable of reading in details the foundations of the art of architecture.
An essential publication to better understand the work of these masters of architecture, with Portuguese roots but with an universal vocation.
Nothing here, everything there:
Aires Mateus and the magic of architecture
Ricardo Merí de la Maza
Aires Mateus: the permanence of ideas
Interview with Manuel Aires Mateus
By Fran Silvestre
House in Azeitão. Portugal
Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum, Cascais. Portugal
Houses in the Sand, Comporta, Grândola. Portugal
Cabins by the river in Comporta, Grândola, Portugal
Radix. La Biennale di Venezia. Gaggiandre, Darsena dell’Arsenale. Venice. Italy
House in Ajuda, Lisbon. Portugal
Grassi Pietre Stone Stand in Verona. Italy
EDP Headquarters in Lisbon. Portugal
Rehabilitation of Colégio da Trindade. University of Coimbra. Portugal
Community Center in Grândola. Portugal
Santa Clara 1728 in Lisbon. Portugal
Atelier Cecílio de Sousa in Lisbon. Portugal
House in Estrela, Lisbon. Portugal
Architecture Faculty in Tournai. Belgium
House in Monsaraz. Monsaraz Alqueva Lake, Alentejo. Portugal
House in Melides I, Grândola. Portugal
Havas Village in Lisbon. Portugal
Musée de L’Elysée et Mudac in Lausanne. Switzerland