João Álvaro Rocha – Arquitectos, S.A
Luís Ferreira Alves
João Álvaro Rocha – Arquitectos, S.A

João Álvaro Rocha – Arquitectos, S.A

Architects from Freitas Soares Carvalho, 32, Maia, Portugal
I've known the work and the personality, the product and the author, for many years. In some ways, the unyielding desire of the architect is reflected in work where the effort to turn his back on the most current images is an almost obsessive constant. The architect knows that using clear, simple forms is not the approach of the moment but he is determined to employ them because he doesn't want to convert his work into a mere exercise in representation. His work is more a crucible where multiple questions and specific answers - to the site, to the programme, to the need to express himself sensitively, to the issues of construction - meet in an intense experience that is never fully revealed at first sight. Everything is supported by a content that demands reflection.
This content is always behind his plans and sections, always neat and precise, as if the very essence of the project depended on them. No element is out of the precise place assigned to it through an intense process of elaboration. Nothing escapes from this process, which is not conditioned by any dogmatic attitude other than the rigor of the approach itself. Architecture is made and nurtured during the process of every project, no matter the size and scale. Everything is studied and nothing is left to chance.
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