We are under great impression of Álvaro Siza Vieira’s architectural projects. Presented here, The Boa Nova Tea House, is the first building designed by Portuguese architect and Pritzker prize winner Álvaro Siza Vieira. It was completed 1963, and Siza refurbished the building in 2014. Today it houses the haute cuisine restaurant.
Alongside the Leca Swimming Pool, which we featured a few days ago, this project represents the foundation of Siza’s architecture with a compelling regard for nature.
The building is located on beautiful rocky outcropping with outstanding views of the ocean, near architect’s hometown of Porto, Portugal.
It hosts kitchen and service spaces, along with spaces for visitors, such as dining room and tea house, which are joined by atrium and oriented toward the view. The path to the building has no direct route and leads from the parking lot to the hilly building ground. The eastern façade is articulated with intersecting pitch roofs and white plastering incorporating the vernacular style. The west façade facing the ocean is committed to modern architecture, featuring raw concrete walls, which look like they are growing out of the rocks.