Edifício de Escritórios na Av. D. Afonso Henriques, Avenida da Ponte [Office building, Av. D. Afonso Henriques], Porto, Portugal (1968-1981)
Part of:
  • Alvaro Siza (archive creator)
  • Alvaro Siza (architect)

Edifício de Escritórios na Av. D. Afonso Henriques, Avenida da Ponte [Office building, Av. D. Afonso Henriques], Porto, Portugal (1968-1981)



Level of archival description:
Extent and medium:
  • Approximately 908 drawings (including 393 reprographic copies)
    295 photographic materials
    0.08 linear metres of textual records
Scope and content:
This project series documents the Edifício de Escritórios na Av. D. Afonso Henriques, in Porto, also referred to as Avenida da Ponte I. While the records were held in the office’s archives this project was assigned the number 31/60. In the past the office identified the project as number 121. The office assigned the dates 1968-1974 for this project.

The Edifício de Escritórios na Av. D. Afonso Henriques consisted of a building with offices, stores, and parking. Located on a historic site, the intention for the Edifício de Escritórios was to integrate the building into the existing urban landscape. The building was never realized.

This project was done in relation to the Arranjo Urbanístico para a Av. D. Afonso Henriques, which was an urban renewal program in Porto. In the 1940s, waves of demolition in the old town created a rupture with the remaining buildings, including the Porto Cathedral. Since the 1950s, there have been several studies and proposals to revitalize this part of the city. Siza’s plan was the first to be accepted by the city council in 1968. Please see project series AP178.S1.1968.PR03, also described in this fonds, for further documentation.

Siza also proposed a new design in 2001 for the site across the avenue from this one, known as Avenida da Ponte II. This included a museum, library, stores, parking, and houses. This project related to the building Casa Dos 24 Fernando Távora. The scheme was not realized.

Documenting this project series are drawings, photographic materials and textual documentation. Among the drawings are plans, profiles, elevations, sections, cadastral maps and working details. Photographic materials document the model, site and residents of the neighborhood. Textual materials include project documentation, as well as correspondence with the city of Porto and suppliers. Note that materials related to the Arranjo Urbanístico para a Av. D. Afonso Henriques (project series AP178.S1.1968.PR03 in this fonds) are also found among these materials.
Reference number:


Material in this series was arranged by Álvaro Siza’s office and has been kept in this order.

Porto Portugal

Credit line:
When citing the collection as a whole, use the citation: Álvaro Siza fonds, Collection Centre Canadien d’Architecture/Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal. When citing specific collection material, please refer to the object’s specific credit line.
Language of material:
  • Portuguese

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