The Faculty of Architecture of the University of Porto – FAUP, Portugal was designed by the Portuguese architect who won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, Álvaro Siza Vieira, and built between 1986 and 1995.
Among the highlights of the work are the rectilinear and asymmetric openings, the design of the slabs, now horizontal, now inclined, borders or recesses; and volumes, full or empty, rectangular or cylindrical, demonstrating the ability to produce an organized and uniform architectural set from seemingly misshapen and non-coherent elements.
Designed for five hundred students, it is made up of two sets of buildings: the north wing, with a linear configuration, an auditorium, exhibition space, department stores and a library, protecting the motorway courtyard. The south wing is formed by four independent pavilions of classrooms and teachers, with heights and varied forms. These blocks are characterized by being more permeable (in relation to the secondary road) and delimiting, together with the north wing, a high semi-open patio with a triangular configuration that converges to the main entrance, to the west.