For this workshop, Alvaro Siza teams up with architect Carlos Castanheira, with whom he has already realized several international projects. Their brief for Boisbuchet is a new fireplace as a permanent outdoor installation for communal use.
The tasks of this workshop include finding the right location for this installation, determining the adequate materials and defining the design. However, true to all Boisbuchet workshops, the physical realization is an integral and important part of the design process and will be developed through teamwork with all workshop participants and the two leading architects.
Alvaro Siza leads the workshop from June 14th until the afternoon of Wednesday June 17th. From June 14th until the workshop’s end on Saturday, June 20th, Carlos Castanheira – Mr Siza’s business partner since more than 10 years – guarantees that Alvaro Siza’s inspiration is maintained throughout the workshop.
Alvaro Siza (born 1933) is considered Portugal’s greatest living architect. Awarded with the Pritzker Prize in 1992 from the Hyatt Foundation of Chicago for lifetime achievement, his works are internationally renowned for their coherence, clarity, and what Siza calls ‘simplism’ – a quality that recognizes the complexity and contradictions of a project without trying to impose artificial control over them. In addition to his major projects, Siza is deeply committed to teaching. He has participated in numerous conferences and seminars throughout Europe, North and South America, and Japan. He has been a visiting professor at the Ecole Polytechnique of Lausanne, the University of Pennsylvania, the Los Andes School, the University of Bogota, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design as Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor. He continues to teach at the Oporto School of Architecture. In 2015 his “Building on the Water” in China was awarded “Best Office Building of the Year” by architecture and design web platform Archdaily.
Carlos Castanheira was born in Lisbon in June 1957.
After graduating in architecture at the School of Fine Arts in Porto (1976-1981), he lived in Amsterdam from 1981 to 1990, where he worked as an architect and studied at the Academie voor Bouwkunst van Amsterdam.
In 1993 he founded the practice Carlos Castanheira & Clara Bastai, Arquitectos Ldª together with the architect Maria Clara Bastai.
Working mainly in the private sector, he has acted as juror on competition panels, participated in conferences, has been involved in setting up several architectural education courses and workshops, has curated and organized exhibitions, and has edited and published books and catalogues.
Since he was a student he has been collaborating with the architect Álvaro Siza in various projects in Portugal but principally abroad.
He is responsible for the co-ordination of activities at the Casa da Arquitectura in Matosinhos.
In 2005 he received the AIMMP Prize for Timber Construction and in 2011 the AFN/MA’s National Prize for Architecture in Timber. In 2015 he shared with Alvaro Siza the Archdaily International Award Building of the Year in the office building category for their “Building on the Water” in China.
Homepage : www.carloscastanheira.pt/en/