Architects: Alvaro Leite Siza Vieira
Location: Porto, Portugal
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: FG+SG – Fernando Guerra, Sergio Guerra
To do architecture it's necessary a client, a promoter. When I realized, in certain moment of my career that to continue my path I would need to occupy that role too, I didn't hesitate.
I conciliated objectives, interests, goals, I pursued an ideal and I achieved a dream. I also had the need to be, in this work, supervisor, coordinator and project director, in an organization in direct administration. I started this work in 2004 and I finished it in early of 2005. The construction begins in February of 2006 and was concluded in July of 2010.
When the modern is old, a pass appears in the most eloquent and distant expression. The affirmation of a new Romantism, of a Classic Renaissance, came directly of the origins, with the interior load not less important.
The home like laboratory of ones dream that represent the drives, ideas, tensions and strength behind de matter.
The stories and its emotions that condense the symbolism that represent. The figures and humans relations. In this project, borned from free drawings of harlequin – laughing about the problems, the tensions, the conflicts, the mismatches, between other dramas that surround this activity – that transforms in a geometric abstraction, where there's no place for frames or glasses, I rehearse the affirmation of a new Classicism.
Transitional spaces, the porticos, the lamps, the light, the doorknobs, the doors, the hand rails, even some paintings and the furniture was designed for me, but also other of XIX century (timeless pieces) that came from my family that fit the environment perfectly, beyond other elements, complement the creation of environments that exalt Mozart, Leonardo da Vinci, Miguel Angelo and surrounded by a lot of extraordinary Art works, that aren't limited to the atmosphere of purely imaginary architectural.
In the next 6 years I tried to find a connection that would make this possible.
I was lucky that a promoter of one unoccupied lot was a direct cousin of my mother that finally would sell it to me. I was forced to buy another lot next to this one to make the business feasible, that I sold with a personal approved project. In this way, I capitalized, investing all the money in this business. During the necessary operation of regrouping of the lands, appears the project, result of one discourse of paradoxical intentions.
If In one hand, the ground floor expressed them self of inside to outside, of the intimacy to the exterior in an explosive manifesting, creating the necessary openings, the porticos of transition and the respective skylights of natural light; for other hand, the upper storey implode.
Through a geometric rigorous abstraction to make possible the constructive system, built by lozenges associated in different angles that confer higher tridimensionality, I found the proportion that I wanted, the horizontality I wished, the orientation predefined, the objectified and determined direction. The symbolism of the figure that sublime the oppression of one system.