Alvaro Siza: A Pool in the Sea

A Pool in the Sea is a book that focuses on Álvaro Siza Vieira’s famed Piscinas de Mares (Pools on the Beach) in Leca de Palmeira, Portugal. The series of interlocking pools are built into the jagged boulders that rest alongside the coast of the Atlantic Ocean; it was completed in 1966. The book is twofold in nature; it contains an interview with the architect, by the esteemed architecture historian Kenneth Frampton, and visually documents a journey to the project, as well as the architect’s studio. Images ‘hang’ from the top of the pages; bobbing up and down, like the ebb and flow of the ocean’s current. The book has a documentary feel due to the photography of Vincent Mentzel. White pages alternate with those of bronze, with most photography in full color. The book’s linen cover is printed with a rasterized image of waves cresting against the rocks along the ocean’s coast, which, due to the raster, lends to the cover, the appearance of being embroidered.

Text: Kenneth Frampton, Photography: Vincent Mentzel, Format: 170 × 240 mm, Pages: 112, Publisher: Actar