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Portuguese by Design:   Back to the Future in Today's Portugal


Portugal, one of the world’s oldest nations, has many examples of modern and futuristic architecture. Porto’s famed architecture school counts Álvaro de Siza Vieiraand Eduardo Souto de Moura among its alumni with Pritzker prizes.

Among Souto Moura's futuristic projects are a stadium in Braga, the Burgo Tower in Porto, and the Paula Rego Museum in Cascais.

Nation’s Park was constructed for the 1998 World's Fair in Lisbon, modernizing a rundown waterfront and paving the way for modern urban redevelopment. The Atlantic Pavilion was created by Siza Vieira. The Oceanarium and science museum are great examples of forward thinking design. And the Orienterail station soars like a modern cathedral of transportation.

Numerous wineries have built futuristic facilities for you to discover, Quinta da Boeira, has a new a bottled shaped building near Porto, while Quinta do Seixo’s new winery in the Douro won a Global Winner Architecture and Landscapes prize, as did the new Quinta do Portal winery in the Pinhão Valley.

In Porto, the National Contemporary Art Museum helped spur the city’s transformation to a center of contemporary architecture. Porto’s Casa da Musica (House of Music) is a performance space designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. Casa da Musica’s design has been called "the most attractive project the architect Rem Koolhaas has ever built" the New York Times.  


Wherever you choose to go in Portugal, the country breaths design and new ideas. From the tiles in the streets to new world calls museums and urban design. Portugal is an unexpected pleasure.


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