The plan for a house in Gerês National Park in Portugal is an example of the kind of architecture that sets aside formal advocacy to draw its inspiration from nature and mould itself completely to its requirements, revealing one of the many faces of sustainability: the one based on attentive use of materials and interaction with the landscape.
White and geometric like a lot of Portuguese architecture, from Siza to Souto de Moura, the church of St. Antonio a Portalegre by João Luís Carrilho da Graça metaphorically embraces the Christian community with its C-shaped layout including the church proper and the parish centre. Examples of contemporary architecture conceived in a close relationship with the landscape and nature.
A plan for a waterfront walkway to revitalise an area partly occupied by a small fish processing industry and partly used to produce salt. The challenge was to transform the unused salt-pans and redevelop a 17th century defence trench running along the coast in the same area.
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