Grab some popcorn, sit comfortably and watch this (if you’re an architecture enthusiast, you’ll thank me later).
By now, you should know all there is to know about the building and surroundings in which the architecture students from University of Porto have the pleasure of studying. You should also be eager to pay them a visit.
FAUP (Faculdade de Arquitectura da Universidade do Porto) is not just for students. Though it may be overlooked by your average tourist guide it is one of those landmarks that you might want to include in your route.
First off, the panorama: A breathtaking (and often ignored) look over the city, with a stunning view of river Douro and Arrábida bridge – a real hidden treat. Secondly (but equally important), the building: Just in case you didn’t watch the video, it’s designed by the award-winning architect Álvaro Siza Viera. I’m far from an architecture expert, I just appreciate the beauty. I like things that hold stories in themselves, things that have hidden secrets, things that make you look beyond the obvious – and FAUP’s building has all those ingredients. The way it encompasses the surroundings, the way it’s interesting to look at from any angle, the way the windows, strategically placed, create a perfect canvas for the outside.
On special occasions, the students host a barbecue outside. There’s usually live music and/or DJs, it’s free and open to the general public (further information here). You might be lucky enough to be in town to take part.