BORN JULY 25,1952
EDUARDO SOUTO DE
Eduardo Elísio Machado Souto de Moura
born 25 July 1952, better known
as Eduardo Souto de Moura, is
a Portuguese architect.
Son of medical doctor José Alberto Souto
de Moura and wife Maria Teresa Ramos
SOUTO DE MOURA studied
before switching to Architecture at the
School of Fine Arts of the University of Porto,
the current FAUP - Faculdade de
Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto, and
receiving his degree in 1980.
From 1974 to 1979 he worked with Álvaro Siza
Vieira at his architectural practice, who
encouraged him to start his own firm.
He began his career as an independent
architect in 1980, after winning a design
competition for the Casa das Artes, a culture
centrE with an auditorium and an exhibition
gallery in the gardens of a neo-classical
mansion, in his native city of Porto.
From 1981 to 1990, Souto de Moura was
assistant professor at his alma mater, and was
later appointed Professor at the Faculty Of
Architecture At The University OF Porto.
He has been visiting professor at the
architectural schools of Geneva, ParisBelleville, Harvard University, Dublin, ETH
Zurich and Lausanne, and has participated in
numerous seminars and given many lectures
both in Portugal and abroad.
Eduardo Souto De moura
BRAGA MUNICIPAL STADIUM
Braga Municipal Stadium is a football stadium built
especially as one of the hosts of Euro 2004. Of the seven new
stadia built for the occasion Portugal, the Braga has been
identified as the most spectacular, and was named by UEFA
as one of the most interesting works in the landscape of sports
The pot or box of candy from the traditional fields of
football, with high emotional temperature, is here replaced by
a dry and monumental stage for sports broadcasts, media
recognizing the nature of contemporary football. The work is
often considered one of the most original and beautiful
stadiums in the world.
The work forms a whole with the surrounding
landscape, emerging where once there was a quarry precisely
on the slopes of Monte Castro.
The suspended structure adds a touch of lightness to the
complex of concrete and, especially at night, seems to
dissolve, giving a glimpse of the sky and the mountain on which
the stadium is built.
The aim of the architect and client was to create a benchmark
in the built landscape of this region through building will have to
exercise some attractive force, not only to house activities, but
for its special geometry and by the peculiarities of its structure
With a height of 40 meters, the
stadium is situated between two
people bridging the gap. It
operates as a receptacle
concave / convex, an
enveloping shell that runs and
passes, place value on an
ambiguous relationship with the
land, as it is surrounded by
empty in front, under, behind
and sides. Gaps built / dug
compressed between the
concave surface of the
bleachers and the convex
surface of the rock that never
The stadium was built with steps only in the side of the pitch.
The reinforced concrete structure with simple lines define the
two stands. Three circular galleries across the
bleachers, allowing pass through easily.
All the seats are concentrated in the two steep stands that
develop along the sides of the sun. Behind background are the
rock walls of the pool with an amphitheater.
The fund is an open hand with a panoramic view of the city.
Each side step is covered with a cover, and both are
connected together through dozens of steel cables with a span
of 220 meters, forming the deck of the football field, creating a
The stadium also has an entrance from above, from the city. The
front of the grandstands symmetry is complemented by the
horizontal symmetry of access: despite his disability status
imposed on the slope, the cavity between the concrete and rock
can travel a route, from the bottom up or top down, dodging the
stadium to see him from behind and below.
Embedded on the rock, inaccessible by the open side, the visitor
experiences a journey which takes him by surprise, to the
excavated rock wall, and a labyrinthine cave, rises upward
crossed by pillars, stairs, elevators and nuclei free bath
The main public access occurs on the north, through a parking
esplanade which size is controlled by a lattice of birch plantation.
From the terrace, up a slight slope, the visitor is approaching the
stage diagonally, accompanied by his foreshortened side view.
DESIGN CONCEPT AND
The Portuguese painter and illustrator, Paula
Rego, commissioned architect Eduardo Souto de Moura
to design the museum that would house a substantial
collection of her work.
The resulting red concrete-clad building, situated on the
former public garden Quinta da Parada, references
historic buildings of Cascais and embodies the culture of
Two tapering towers distinguish the building; volumes of
differentiated heights provide a variety of interior