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Portuguese Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Wall Architecture

Project timeline

1958 – 1963


Culture & Entertainment

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Avenida da Liberdade 1681
4450-718 Leça da Palmeira

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Article last edited by Bostjan on
July 12th, 2019

The Boa Nova Tea House Change this

Leça da Palmeira, Portugal
by Alvaro Siza Change this
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The Boa Nova Tea House is one of Siza's earliest commissions. Fernando Tavora had won the competition for the project and passed it onto Alvaro Siza. The house is located close to Siza's home town and is connected to the nature due to the architect's intimate familiarity with the landscape. This is noticed in his incorporation of the rock formation, the ocean, and the greenery within the project, revealing a vivid understanding of the qualities of the local landscape. Alongside the Leça Swimming Pools, this project represents the foundation of Siza's architecture with a compelling regard for nature.

Siza's Architecture

The organization of the plan is developed according to the site and function. The kitchen and service spaces are in the rocks, and the dining room and tea house, joined by an atrium, are oriented toward the view. The dining room opens up to a large outdoor surface, separated from it by a layer of glass that slides into the ground, eliminating the barriers between interior and exterior. The tea room benefits from large windows atop a visible concrete base. In this case, the interior space imposes the feeling of sitting between the rocks and observing the view from a distance, creating an almost spiritual experience.

Materials from concrete to wooden furniture and red brick tiles are represented in the project. The house is a conversation between nature and people that strengthens the dialogue through space, experience, and materiality. This project marks the origin of Siza's characteristic architecture.



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