Alvaro Siza: Casa De Cha Da Boa Nova
When Álvaro Siza finished what is known as the Boa Nova Tea House in the early 1960s, it marked the beginning of his career. Set in a challenging topography, the building stands as a symbol of architecture’s identification with, and active interpretation of, the landscape. The composition of its low, volumetric expressiveness and surrounding rocks demands a respectful attentiveness, which until recently had been steadily deteriorating. Under the supervision of Siza, a full restoration of the building’s public spaces and a deeper intervention in its service areas has been undertaken. Beautifully photographed, with plans and original sketches by the architect.
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