Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

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Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Here's a selection of projects by Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, who has been named 2011 Pritzker Prize Laureate (see our earlier story).

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1981-91 Casa das Artes, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal.

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Photographs are by Luis Ferreira Alves unless otherwise stated.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1981-91 Casa das Artes, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal.

The biography below and image captions are from the prize organisers:


Eduardo Souto de Moura was born in Porto, Portugal in 1952. His father was a doctor (ophthalmologist) and his mother a home maker.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1981-91 Casa das Artes, S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto, Portugal.

He has one brother and one sister. The sister is also a doctor and his brother is a lawyer with a political career – formerly he was Attorney General of Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-94 - House in Bom Jesus, Braga, Portugal.

Following his early years at the Italian School, Souto de Moura enrolled in the School of Fine Arts in Porto, where he began as an art student, studying sculpture, but eventually achieving his degree in architecture.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-94 - House in Bom Jesus, Braga, Portugal.

He credits a meeting with Donald Judd in Zurich for the switch from art to architecture. While still a student, he worked for architect Noé Dinis and then Álvaro Siza, the latter for five years.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-94 - House in Bom Jesus, Braga, Portugal.

While studying and working with his professor of urbanism, Architect Fernandes de Sá, he received his first commission, a market project in Braga which has since been demolished because of changing business patterns.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-94 - House in Bom Jesus, Braga, Portugal.

After 2 years of military service he won the competition for the Cultural Centre in Porto. The beginning of his career as an independent architect.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-94 - House in Bom Jesus, Braga, Portugal.

He is frequently invited as a guest professor to Lausanne and Zurich in Switzerland as well as Harvard in the United States.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal.

These guest lectures at universities and seminars over the years have afforded him the opportunity to meet many colleagues in the field, among them Jacques Herzog and Aldo Rossi.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal.

He is married and he has 3 daughters: Maria Luisa, Maria da Paz e Maria Eduarda.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal.

His wife, Luisa Penha, and the eldest daughter are architects, the second is a nurse and the third is on the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Oporto for the 3rd year.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal.

Along with his architecture practice, Souto de Moura is a professor at the Univer- sity of Oporto, and is a visiting professor at Geneva, Paris-Belleville, Harvard, Dublin and the ETH Zurich and Lausanne.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1989-97 Conversion of the Santa Maria do Bouro Convent into a State Inn, Amares, Portugal.

Often described as a neo-Miesian, but one who constantly strives for originality, Souto de Moura has achieved much praise for his exquisite use of materials -- granite, wood, marble, brick, steel, concrete -- as well as his unexpected use of color.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: Burgo Tower (Office Blocks and Commercial Mall) in Porto, Portugal.

Souto de Moura is clear on his view of the use of materials, saying, “I avoid using endangered or protected species. I think we should use wood in moderation and replant our forests as we use the wood. We have to use wood because it is one of the finest materials available.”

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: Burgo Tower (Office Blocks and Commercial Mall) in Porto, Portugal.

In an interview with Croquis, he explained, “I find Mies increasingly fascinating... There is a way of reading him which is just to regard him as a minimalist. But he always oscillated between classicism and neoplasticism...You only have to remember the last construction of his life, the IBM building, with that powerful travertine base that he drilled through to produce a gigantic door. Then on the other hand, he arrived in Barcelona and did two pavilions, didn’t he? One was abstract and neo plastic and the other one was classical, symmetrical with closed corners...He was experimenting. He was already so modern he was ‘post’.”

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: Burgo Tower (Office Blocks and Commercial Mall) in Porto, Portugal.

Souto de Moura acknowledges the Miesian influence, speaking of his Burgo Tower, but refers people to something written by Italian journalist and critic, Francesco Dal Co, “it’s better not to be original, but good, rather than wanting to be very original and bad.”

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: Burgo Tower (Office Blocks and Commercial Mall) in Porto, Portugal. The sculpture on the plaza is by Ângelo de Sousa.

At a series of forums called the Holcim Forum on sustainable architecture, Souto de Moura stated, “For me, architecture is a global issue. There is no ecological architecture, no intelligent architecture, no sustainable architecture — there is only good architecture. There are always problems we must not neglect; for example, energy, resources, costs, social aspects — one must always pay attention to all these.”

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: Burgo Tower (Office Blocks and Commercial Mall) in Porto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: Burgo Tower (Office Blocks and Commercial Mall) in Porto, Portugal. Photograph is by Christian Richters.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1994-2002. House in Serra da Arrábida, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1997-2005 - Architectural Project for the Porto Metro (subway) Porto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 1998-2003 - Cinema House for Manoel de Oliveira Oporto, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2000-2003. Architecture project for the Braga Stadium Braga, Portugal.

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal

Key projects by Eduardo Souto de Moura

Above: 2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum - Cascais, Portugal


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  • JP Pereira

    The Bom Jesus House is not the one shown in the pictures above. This one is a more recent project buil in the same neighbourhood

    • LAP

      Bom Jesus House 2.

  • Frank

    Brown colored pencil – check. Cigarette – check. Alright, now let's do some design work!

    • http://twitter.com/richard_jochum @richard_jochum

      We have to find out what he is smoking, maybe there lies the secret….

      • Kristóf Tihanyi

        davidoff gold

      • David

        Plenty of spares quickly at hand.

  • JFerreira

    The last one (Above: 2005-2009 Paula Rêgo Museum – Cascais, Portugal) isn't right..

    This is the "Casa das histórias" (house of stories) of Paula Rêgo…it's not considered to be a museum but a cultural central instead…

  • http://individual.cl æon

    Minimum number of volumes with big homogeneous faces.

  • http://anziulewicz.livejournal.com Chuck Anziulewicz

    I wish I had eyebrows like that.

  • Ben

    Beautiful project, interesting use of the abstracted geometries as you say, but it is built in red concrete not brick.