An unprecedented book that reveals 40 houses in Colares, showing, from a historical and artistic point of view, the best modern architecture of a vacation region par excellence.
Hi! My name is João Cardim and I was born in a holiday home on Avenida do Atlântico, between Colares and Praia Grande, right in front of the tram line. I always remember liking architecture, and it always fascinated me to walk through the pine forest, discover new paths and peek at the houses that appeared through the trees. A few years ago I decided to unite these two passions and get to know my land more deeply. This book is the result!
Support the publication of a large-format book of unequivocal cultural and documentary interest, with 160 pages and 200 illustrations, including archival images, original drawings and current photographs made expressly for this publication.
This is the first study entirely dedicated to the evolution of seasonal architecture in the Colares region, covering a vast territory, from Cabo da Roca to Azenhas do Mar, passing through emblematic places such as Almoçageme, Praia Grande, Rodízio, Banzão, Pinhal da Nazaré, Praia das Maçãs, among others; and including reference centers such as Bairro dos Arquitectos, Bairro dos Alemães or Bairro dos Aviadores.
In addition to a historical analysis of the summer experience between Sintra and Colares, analyzing the cultural and social phenomenon of the precociously developed "villa" ideology in this privileged region, 40 examples of the best domestic holiday architecture from 1940 to 1970 will be revealed in greater depth, most of them never previously published, which reflect the aspirations of the families who, seduced by the unique character of the area, left the marks of a lifestyle that somehow still persists. Importance is also given to a whole network of facilities that have been established there: swimming pools, hotels, holiday camps, etc.
A rigorous work, completed in an attractive and educational result, which will interest visitors to the region who want to know it better, and professionals in the fields of architecture, landscaping and interior design, who want to be inspired by the best Portuguese architects of that time, from Conceição Silva to Keil do Amaral, Nuno Teotónio Pereira and Nuno Portas, Faria da Costa and Raul Tojal, Victor Palla and Bento d'Almeida, Frederico George, Manuel Tainha, Artur Rosa, Justino Morais, among others, many times with the participation of renowned plastic artists, such as Maria Keil, Fred Kradolfer, Jorge Barradas and Querubim Lapa.
This book is the result of the joint effort of João Cardim, architect and author of the text, and Filipe Jorge, architect, author of photographs and editorial director of ARGUMENTUM. Texts by Teresa Valsassina Heitor and Pitum Keil do Amaral are also included.
To make the publication of the book economically viable, we decided to launch this crowdfunding campaign. The edition will have the following characteristics:
- Format: 23 cm x 31 cm
- Number of pages: 160 pages
- 4/4 color printing on 170 gr coated paper
- Hard cover, laminated to matte
- Circulation: 1,000 copies;
- PVP: 30€
- Release: December 2021