Selected projects by Álvaro Siza photographed by Duccio Malagamba

Architectural photographer Duccio Malagamba has sent us a selection of his photographs documenting the work of Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza, who was awarded the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in February.

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Above: Sport Facilities 'Ribera-Serrallo'

Malagamba describes his experience of photographing Siza's architecture over the past 18 years in this text written for Dezeen:

I fell in love with the architecture of Alvaro Siza once and forever on a sunny summer day of 1984 when I arrived from Italy - with the car that my parents generously lent me - to a ramshackle sea front of the Oporto outskirts.

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Above: Sport Facilities 'Ribera-Serrallo'

Without searching it (being a 3rd year architecture student my information was quite poor and I was just looking for the Boa Nova Restaurant), I found the most beautiful swimming pool I had ever seen in my life.

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Above: Sport Facilities 'Ribera-Serrallo'

Fulfilled with cheerful children and blurred by the oceans’ waves, the swimming pool in Leça da Palmeira seemed to me a sublime song to Architecture with capital letter: something capable to make homely – and even improve – the Nature.

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Above: Santa Maria Church

When, after a few years working as an architect, I decided to devote myself to architectural photography, my interest on Siza production became even stronger and I began to portrait regularly his work.

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Above: Santa Maria Church

Meeting him was another highlight in my life as, since then, I got fascinated not only by his work but also by his extraordinary and generous personality.

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Above: Santa Maria Church

In the past 18 years I have done my best to freeze the range of sensations that I experienced spending days in the buildings Alvaro Siza designed and I would consider myself satisfied if I have been able to transmit a quantum of the solace I tasted there.

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Above: Santa Maria Church

Congratulating the 2009 Gold Medalist for this well deserved new recognition, I look forward to portraiting his next masterpieces.

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Above: Ibere Camargo Foundation

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Above: Ibere Camargo Foundation

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Above: Ibere Camargo Foundation

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Above: Ibere Camargo Foundation

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Above: Ibere Camargo Foundation

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Above: E.S.E. Setubal

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Above: E.S.E. Setubal

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Above: E.S.E. Setubal

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Above: E.S.E. Setubal

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Above: E.S.E. Setubal

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Above: Mayor Wine Cellar

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Above: Mayor Wine Cellar

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Above: Mayor Wine Cellar

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Above: Mayor Wine Cellar

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Above: Multipurpose Pavilion Gondomar

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Above: Multipurpose Pavilion Gondomar

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Above: Aveiro University Library

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Above: Aveiro University Library

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Above: Aveiro University Library

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Above: Faculty of Architecture, Porto

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Above: Faculty of Architecture, Porto

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Above: Faculty of Communication Studies

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Above: Faculty of Communication Studies

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Above: Galician Centre for Contemporary Arts

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Above: Galician Centre for Contemporary Arts

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Above: Galician Centre for Contemporary Arts

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Above: Parish Centre, Marco de Canaveses

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Above: Parish Centre, Marco de Canaveses

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Above: Parish Centre, Marco de Canaveses

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Above: Portuguese Pavilion Expo 2000

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Above: Portuguese Pavilion Expo 2000

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Above: Public Library Viana do Castelo

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Above: Public Library Viana do Castelo

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Above: Public Library Viana do Castelo

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Above: SAAL Bouça Housing

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Above: SAAL Bouça Housing

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Above: Santo Ovidio State

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Above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005

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Above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005

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Above: Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2005

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Above: Serralves Foundation

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Above: Serralves Foundation

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Above: Serralves Foundation

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Above: Serralves Foundation

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Above: Summer House in Sintra

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Above: Summer House in Sintra

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Above: Summer House in Sintra

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Above: Summer House in Sintra

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Swimming pool Leça da Palmeira

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Above: Vieira de Castro House

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Above: Vieira de Castro House