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Bouça Housing Complex

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Alvaro Siza Vieira
location Porto
function commercial space, housing
contributed by Joao_Sousa

This project, from 1973, was integrated in the program SAAL in Porto to create social housing for poor people. And even though it was made through highly controlled costs, Siza Vieira managed to create a housing complex that is worth studying and visiting. In 1977 there where only two blocks completed. Nowadays, in 2004, all the blocks were concluded and a new life was given to this complex. Instead of having only poor people living here, the low prices and high quality living attracted artists, architects and young couples to settle in. With four levels, each block present an articulation in terms of passages that connect the whole complex. Together with the housing units there is also commercial spaces and green open spaces.

Levi says:
Can someone explain why the need for the steep stairs at the entrance? Does not seem to be the optimal use of space to me
dafina says:
It's not a slum at all, l've been there 4 days ago and is better much really much that the residential complexes that cost a lot of money. l was really surprised about the quality.
Naomi says:
Thanks Letizia, I've added the street-number to the address.
Amsterdam, Netherlands 11-Aug-10
Letizia says:
I've been there few days ago and i really liked them. They have been restored and the common space is much better now that it seems in old pictures, but they are not social housing anymore, unfortunately.

If you come there from Avenida de Boavista and don't want to get lost, the civic number is 368, enjoy!
David Glazer , Israel says:
I admire the works of Siza most of the time but creating modest public housing ,
does not mean necessarily that they should look like a slum .
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Bouça Housing Complex
Rua Melo II 453
Project is public!
Opening hours Only the public spaces are public, it's a housing complex
How to get there? Take the subway in Porto till the station "Lapa" it's right there!
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Completion 2004
Architect, Urban plannerAlvaro Siza Vieira
Client SAAL
Project ID 1131
Latitude/Longitude 41°09'24N 08°37'03W
Contributed by Joao_Sousa
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