Paulo Providência – Architectonica Percepta

Paulo Providência – Architectonica Percepta

Texts and Images 1989–2015

Insights into the manifold designs and the thinking of one of Portugal's most significant contemporary architects.




Texts by Paulo Providência, photographs by Alberto Plácido

1st edition

, 2016

Text in English


232 pages, 83 duotone and 76 b/w illustrations and plans

14 x 22 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-024-4


Paulo Providencia is an architect who occupies a special place in contemporary Portuguese architecture, and he is recognized by many as one of the leaders of the generation following Eduardo Souto de Moura. His built work—the majority of which is located in Portugal—is based on his sound theoretical background and rooted in philosophical and anthropological research.

Paulo Providência—Architectonica Percepta celebrates Providencia’s influence on contemporary Portuguese architecture by looking closely at seven of his key buildings. The buildings are presented in striking duotone photographs taken by Alberto Plácido, and each building in the book is documented with selected plans and details about its design and construction. Rounding out the book are five essays by Providencia, reflecting on his work and his influences, such as Peter Zumthor.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Alberto Plácido

 (* 1965), ist ein portugiesischer Fotograf. Sein Hauptaugenmerk gilt dem geografischen Raum und seiner Aneignung durch den Menschen.

Paulo Providência

 (* 1962), ist Architekt und Architekturtheoretiker. Neben seinem eigenen Büro leitet er ein Entwurfsstudio an der Universität von Coimbra.


«Die Fotografien [von Alberto Plácido] geben gekonnt und überzeugend den poetischen Umgang mit Materialien, Licht, Textur und Konstruktionen in den zumeist in Portugal entstandenen Bauten wieder. Wie schon das Format des Buches kommen die kontrastreichen Fotografien erfrischend "ungewohnt" daher.» Jonas Baus