The Field Trip – Porto

For the second & third year annual field trip, Interior Architecture went off to Porto, Portugal for a packed out few days exploring the city. We saw everything from abandoned buildings being taken over by nature to high end concert halls by the most famous architect in Portugal, Alvaro Siza, whilst discovering this vibrant city.

The main exploration began with a very informative tour around Alvaro Siza’s Faculty of Architecture at the School of Architecture in Porto with a current student for a guide, he spoke about the use of the corridors as spaces for interaction and how the architect plays on perspective to create exciting moments within the school. After this early morning tour a day full of sightseeing began with the group walking the city and stopping at places such as the Sao Bento train station with the cities history showcased within the 20,000 tiles that cover the walls and the neo-gothic Lello Bookshop.

After an action packed few days of experiencing the cities sights, sounds, smells and tastes we made the journey home and the students completed their journals for the trip in an attempt to unpick all they had learnt in Porto.