Piscina de Marés [Ocean swimming pool], Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, Portugal (1961-1966)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Piscina de Marés [Ocean swimming pool], Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, Portugal (1961-1966)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • 835 drawings (including 154 reprographic copies)
    Approximately 464 photographic materials
    0.06 l.m. of textual documents
    1 model
Scope and content:
This project series documents the Piscina das Marés in Leça da Palmeira, Matosinhos, Portugal. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 9/60. The office assigned the dates 1961.

The Piscina das Marés was built between 1961 and 1966. The project included two salt water pools, one for adults and another for children, and changing rooms. A restaurant was later added in 1965. The pools were embedded in rock formations situated on the northern coastline of the Atlantic Ocean in Matosinhos. Siza used concrete to build the pools and walls while preserving some of the rock formation. There was also restoration work done for both the pools and the restaurant in the mid 1990s.

The project series includes sketches, elevations, plans, and details, as well as correspondence and project documentation. Photographic materials document the project site, the built project, the model, and drawings. Also included are panoramas of the built project and aerial views of the project site. Note that photographic materials related to the 1995 renovation are also found among these materials, however the rest of the materials related to the renovations are in subseries Recuperação da Piscina das Marés (AP178.S1.1995.PR01).
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Materials in this project series were compiled from multiple accessions. Materials in each accession were arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and have been kept in this order.

Matosinhos Portugal

Language of material:
  • Portuguese
  • French
Related units of description:
  • For related projects also described in this fonds, see the following project series: Restaurante da Piscina das Marés (AP178.S1.1965.PR03), which documents the addition of the restaurant; Recuperação da Piscina das Marés (AP178.S1.1995.PR01), which documents the renovations to the Piscina das Marés; and Restaurante para a Piscina das Marés (AP178.S1.1995.PR02), which documents the renovations to the restaurant.

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