Restored plasterwork and paintings adorn Aires Mateus’ self-designed studio

Ornate paintings and decorative stucco ceilings appear inside the self-designed studio of architecture practice Aires Mateus, which occupies an 18th-century building in Lisbon, Portugal. Aires Mateus‘ four-storey studio, which has been named Atelier Cecílio de Sousa after the street it’s located on, contains working and meeting spaces, two model-making areas and a multipurpose room. Existing […]

House installed inside MAAT gallery to draw parallels between queerness and incarceration

Portuguese artists João Pedro Vale and Nuno Alexandre Ferreira have erected a two-storey building inside the MAAT in Lisbon, filled with references to “dissident forms of sexuality”. Visitors are invited to enter the dark, mysterious structure, where they find a two-storey interior containing what looks like the cells and wash room of a prison, but […]

Radical exhibition designs by Lina Bo Bardi and Aldo van Eyck recreated at Gulbenkian Museum

Lina Bo Bardi‘s famous glass easels and a 1960s expo pavilion by Aldo van Eyck have both been reconstructed in Lisbon, for the exhibition Art on Display at the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. The landmark show, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Portuguese art museum, recreates some of the most groundbreaking exhibition displays created by […]

Lisbon’s Carnide Apartment is a “pristine haven” for its physician owners

Locally-based Lola Cwikowski Studio has overhauled this Lisbon apartment to feature calming minimalist interiors that offset the hectic lifestyles of its owners. Situated on the outskirts of Lisbon, Carnide Apartment has been stripped of its “jarring” mix of colours and finishes to form a calmer environment where its owners – a pair of physicians – […]

Pink marble core cuts through concrete interiors of Portuguese house

Architect Daniel Zamarbide and Leopold Banchini Architects have designed a concrete house in Lisbon with a central core of local pink marble. Called Casa do Monte, meaning Hill House, the project is located at the top of a steep and narrow stepped hill characteristic of the Portuguese capital. A restoration of an abandoned and fallen down […]

Creating the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was “difficult” says Álvaro Siza

Álvaro Siza Viera explains how he created the swooped concrete roof of the pavilion he designed for the 1998 Expo in Lisbon in this exclusive movie. Located at the mouth of the Tagus River in the Portuguese city, the Expo’98 Portuguese National Pavilion was built to form the main entrance to the World Exposition, which took place […]

Gonzalez Haase AAS creates pared-back interiors for Lisbon concept store Tem-plate

White walls, concrete floors and a metallic display fixtures provide a neutral backdrop to the ever-changing fashion collections on show in new Lisbon concept store Tem-plate. Concealed behind an unassuming metal shutter door, the sparsely-furnished Tem-plate store is re-decorated once a month to present different ranges of high-end and limited-edition clothing. “The project represents an […]

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