January, 2008


Brigitte Fleck

Production Editor

Christine Wong

Table of Contents 

Introduction, Wilfried Wang

Foreword, Alvaro Siza

Sketches & Plans of the Inception

Photographs of the First Phase

Siza and SAAL Porto, Brigitte Fleck

Sketches 1972-75

Bouca in Context, Wilfried Wang

Photographs of the Completed Project

Drawings of the Final Phase


Selected Biography

From start to finish, it took the Modernist Portugest architect Alvaro Size, winner of the 1992 Prizker Prize and designer of The Serpentine Gallery's 2005 Summer Pavilion, 33 years to construct the Bouca Residents Assocation Housing project in the northern city of Porto - which he realized in association with architect Antonio Madureira. During those years, Siza completed numerous important commissions, including the architecture faculty building at the University of Porto in 1985 and the Fundacao Serralves museum of contemporary art in that same city in 1999. In 1998, he restored the Chiado district of Lisbon, Portugal, after a devastating fire; and his Portuguese Pavilion for Lisbon's EXPO 98 was internationally recognized. While Size was busy with all of these buildings and plans, the first phase of the Bouca project was falling ever deeper into disrepair, hampered by municipal neglect. It has since been brought up to Siza's standards, and this publication appraises the project, now happily completed. Siza's sketches, many of which are published here for the first time, reveasl the tenacity of his search for the right solution.

O'Neil Ford Monograph Series, Volume 1: Bouca Residents Association Housing cover