Tuesday, September 26, 2006
2G N.28 --Aires Mateus
Joao Belo Rodeia, Alberto Campo Baeza (texts)
The architects Francisco and Manuel Aires Mateus occupy an important and well-deserved place on the current Portuguese architecture scene. The sheer quantity of their public and private commissions, the competitions won over the last few years, the countless prizes received and the publicizing of their buildings at the international level are all signs of the recognition of their work. This issue of 2G is the first monograph on the work of these Lisbon brothers and opens with a text by the critic Joao Belo Rodeia, a commentary by Alberto Campo Baeza on the house in Alenquer and an "informal conversation" with their teacher Gonnalo Byrne and Valentino Capelo de Sousa. Among the buildings presented one might single out the magnificent students' residence on the Coimbra University campus, the Universidade Nova de Lisboa rector's office or their splendid experiments in single-family housing, plus the rehabilitation of a ruined house in Alenquer, the Alvalade patio-house, the weekend house on the coast at Alentejo or the conversion of a former wine warehouse into housing in Brejos de Azeitao, all of these in Portugal.
-2G Magazine Number 28--Aires Mateus