Amelia Hazlerigg, a 27 year old cinematographer working at P.G. Film and Commercial in London, shares her snaps from her last trip to Portugal. In late 2015 she set off on an adventure through the countryside with director Marcus and Director of Photography Hopi. They rented a car in Lisbon and road-tripped for 5 days north to Porto on the trail of famous architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and his impressive angular structures projected by him in his native land. We followed her steps and clicks.

Adega Mayor Winery

234 km east from Lisbon

This project by Álvaro Siza is one of the most impressive we visited on our trip, and is very characteristic of his style and work. Siza creates atmosphere by using the relationship of structure and location. This is clearly demonstrated at the winery as the clear lines and angles of the architecture work in harmony with the horizons of the landscape. I was completely obsessed with the lines and angles Siza created throughout this location.

His use of marble from the South of Portugal is seen in a lot of his work, and this image highlights how playful he can be with with such a heavy material. He removes the weightiness of the material by combining angle, perspective and the clean polish of the fabric. This location was a favourite of mine. Each part of the building was impressive, the deep wine cellars, beautiful auditoriums and sharp angles of the building. When we reached the roof top we were all taken aback by the beauty. The pool at the top mirroring the reflection of the big blue sky really was incredible.

... Then we followed to Quinta do Portal, another winery and then onto national park Pedra Salgadas in Sabrosa. Here we encountered more of Siza’s characteristic buildings creating contrasts between lines, angles and nature.

Quinta do Portal, Douro 

400 km north from Adega Mayor

Another beautiful winery set in the hills. Impressive concrete dungeons with strong scents of wine and loud reverb. The walls have corks imbedded in the stone.

Spa Pedras Salgadas 

52 km north from Quinta do Portal

Siza was asked to redesign the interior of this old spa. Again you can see Siza has used the location as his main inspiration, once inside the spa one feels a strong affinity with water.  His use of light, space and sharp angles draws you towards the shimmering pool. 

Church of Marco de Canaveses 

108 km west from Pedras Salgadas

A triumphant building set in the middle of a small town.  The size of this church is what struck me most. The enormous brass door and brutality of the architecture is impressive. It feels incredibly heavy from the exterior but once one enters there is a lightness created by the height of the ceilings and the large east facing windows.