TC 145- Aires Mateus

TC 145- Aires Mateus. Architecture

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Portuguese architecture goes beyond the uniform image that is sometimes attributed to it and presents a variety of material, constructive and conceptual approaches that make it immensely rich.

The architecture of the Aires Mateus brothers contributes greatly to this richness and this monograph collects their most relevant works from 2003 to the present day. In its almost 300 pages, 18 projects are compiled, ranging from housing to public and corporate buildings, new construction and rehabilitation.

A photogenic and internationally acclaimed work that tends to be more attractive for its image and representation than for the understanding of the clear and rigorous project research behind it. This publication aims to show that relationship.

Spanish, English
290 pages
23 x 29,5 cm
Soft cover
ISBN: 978-84-17753-18-4


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
Graça Correia

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

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