Students from MA Architectural and Urban Design have recently returned from a hugely enjoyable and interesting seven day study trip to Porto and Lisbon. One of the highlights being a special guided tour of the Casa da Musica, Porto by Rem Koolhaas. Whilst in Porto the group also took in some of the work of Alvaro Siza, of particular interest was the interior of the School of Architecture, beside the public baths.
Then in Lisbon they went on to see the 18th century Praça do Comércio, the new MAAT at Belem, and the newly restored Botanical Gardens.
Before leaving they spent the final days in Belem visiting the recently completed Museum of Art Architecture and Technology (MAAT) by UK architect Amanda Levete, the old monastery Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and the Torre de Belem plus some contemporary projects nearby such as the Cultural Centre by Gregotti and Salgado, Casa das Historias Paula Rego, Av da Republica 300, Cascais by Eduardo Souto de Moura
On the last morning before heading home they even managed to see Parque das Nações, the Expo site to see Siza’s Portugal pavilion, Calatrava’s Gare do Oriente, Pavilhão do Conhecimento by João Luís Carrilho Da Graça and Pavilhão Atlântico by Regino Cruz, Skidmore Owings & Merrill.