Bridges 2011 Regular Paper
The Roman Villa in Rabaçal and Álvaro Siza
(Proceedings pages 395–402)
The residential area of the Roman villa in Rabaçal is a rare example
of a house with an octagonal peristyle remarkable by its design
coherence at all architectural levels, from the overall scale to
decorative motifs. Everything is regulated by proportions derived
from its octagonal plan naturally based in ad quadratum geometry.
Recently, Siza was challenged to design covers and a visit tour in
order to preserve this invaluable patrimony. Quite aware of the
quality of the architecture displayed in this Roman villa he must
have recognized in-situ many of his own architectural concerns. The
sketchbook was opened, and the drawing search led him to propose
two wood rectangular grid covers which, in spite of their modernity
and technical sophistication, are still shapes with formal affinities
with each part of the villa.