Álvaro Siza Viera Strategically Designs a Self-Sufficient Building

 - Jul 3, 2018
References: sizavieira.pt & dezeen
Architect Álvaro Siza Viera creates an incredibly minimalist chapel in the Algarve region in Portugal. The aesthetically simple structure is part of the Monte da Charneca complex, which is "a new off-grid holiday retreat." The countryside minimalist chapel is dubbed Capela do Monte and is planned to be fully self-sufficient. That is, the structure operates without electricity, heat or running water.

To achieve this sustainability in resource use, architect Álvaro Siza Viera taps into a strategic use of materials. For instance, the walls of the Monte de Charneca are made with perforated bricks that "are coated both internally and externally in a limestone render." This allows for the minimalist chapel to effectively cool and heat itself.

Photo Credits: Joao Morgado