Arquitectura Viva
Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Souto de Moura, power plant for Foz Tua dam in Alijó (Portugal)

The Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura, 2011 recipient of the Pritzker Prize, shows his sensitivity to context in this project for the power plant of the Fox Tua dam, in the municipality of Alijó. The objective of the intervention is to eliminate the construction’s nature as a ‘building,’ reducing its image to that of a ‘machine’ inserted in the landscape.

A concrete platform covers the buried tanks and atrium, in such a way that the only thing manifested on the outside is a meter-high longitudinal fissure, hardly visible in the rock. To build this 36-meter-wide platform, it was necessary to slice the mountain with a 45º slant. So that the final result would look as natural as possible, the builders decided against concrete walls to hold back earth. Instead, the rock was cut and clad with a practically imperceptible metal mesh, which has a more subtle effect on the landscape.
AV Monografías 226 - SOU FUJIMOTO AV Monographs
analyzes in each issue a theme related to a city, a country, a tendency or an architect, with articles by leading specialists complemented by commentary on works and projects illustrated in detail. Published bilingually, with Spanish and English texts placed side by side.
Arquitectura Viva 227 - KAAN Arquitectura Viva
covers current topics, taking stock of recent trends in set sections: cover story, works and projects, art and culture, books, technique and innovation. From 2013 on, monthly and bilingual, with Spanish and English texts printed side by side.
AV Proyectos 99 - FOSTER+PARTNERS AV Proyectos
is the third member of the AV family: a bilingual publication essentially focussed on design projects (with special attention on competitions and construction details), heretofore only laterally dealt with in the other two magazines.
Arquitectura Viva SL - Calle de Aniceto Marinas, 32 - E-28008 Madrid, España - Ph: (+34) 915 487 317 - Fax: (+34) 915 488 191 -
Política de cookies - Aviso Legal - Condiciones de contratación - RSS