The Modernist Architecture Walking Tour

If you are a lover of Architecture, Design and Sunshine, this tour is for you ! This is a an architecture walking tour guide of Faro, the south end city of Algarve - Portugal. Faro is the most Modernist city in Southern Europe with 500 buildings !

The Modernist Architecture Walking Tour

Faro, Faro 8000-168, Portugal

Created By: The Modernist

Tour Information

• Thank you for downloading this App. This tour aims to help you discovering the Modern architecture heritage of Faro. This selection is mostly made of secret places and hidden gems located in non touristy areas. So this is a singular opportunity to explore the city as a local !

• Faro is probably the most modernist city in Southern Europe, it counts today about 500 existing buildings. Faro has a large diversity of architectural heritage. Most of the City has been built between 1920 and 1980, those constructions are considered Modern Architecture. Among Modern Architecture, 2 styles are characteristics of Faro : Art Deco mostly in the south of the city and South Modern mostly in North East. Modern architecture buildings are not exclusive to the examples mentioned in this map, there are many more buildings worth exploring !

• The buildings are unfortunately not in the best conservation conditions (sometimes almost abandoned) and the interest for Modern Architecture is new. So please be aware of that before you start. Anyway this hidden architecture gem is a real heritage we are proud to share with you !

Finally, please add the ashtag #faro_modernist to your posts so that we can enjoy your shots too !


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What You'll See on the Tour

CAFE ALIANCA // Rua Dom Francisco Gomes # 7 1st step of the Tour is not a modernist building. But it is even better : this place is the mother of the South Modern mouvement. Café Aliança is one of the oldest café in town. One of the uniq... Read more
CASA VERDE Rua D. Francisco Gomes, # 6 Built in 1920. One of the oldest shops in town.  It has always been this vintage fabric shop. An iconic Art Deco building of Faro. Enjoy the façade still in excellent conservation conditions. The ins... Read more
NOVO BANCO & MILLENIUM BANK Rua D. Francisco Gomes, # 25 Built in late 1920’s. NOVO BANCO and MILLENIUM Bank are 2 other iconic Art Deco buildings of old town. You can check here at Millenium bank, most of Art Deco characteristics : ... Read more
NOVO BANCO & MILLENIUM BANK Rua D. Francisco Gomes, # 25 Built in late 1920’s. NOVO BANCO and MILLENIUM Bank are 2 other iconic Art Deco buildings of old town. You can check here at Millenium bank, most of Art Deco characteristics : ... Read more
THE MODERNIST Rua D. Francisco Gomes, # 27 Built in late 1974. Was formerly the office of a regional shipping company. A good example of  South Modern architecture. The building has recently been totally restored but kept its whole moderni... Read more
CHELSEA café building Rua 1 de dezembro, #5 Built in 1974. Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC) Modernist building made of concrete, Red & White azulejos with flat roof, geometric shapes. MGC is one of the founders of South Modern Movement... Read more
Rua do Castilho All the right side of the street Several Modern Architects built this street and in the area along the 1960 decade. Enjoy the singular personality of each building. Which one would you prefer ? In what can each building be c... Read more
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NOGUEIRA building (Mango Shop) Rua de Santo Antonio, #68 Built in 1966. Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC). South Modernist. 6 floors building made of shops at street level and offices in upper levels. This construction is an example of the n... Read more
Edificio SOL Rua de Portugal, # 2 Built in 1965. South Modernist. Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC) 7 floors residencial building. You can enter the building till the hair salon level (floor 1) for a hair cut or just to enjoy the constructio... Read more
MARGARIDA Geladaria Rua de Santo Antonio, # 95 Café, snacks, ice cream stop Enjoy a break at this vintage café. At the ground floor of a modernist Building from MGC too. The snack design is refreshing and still looks 70’s. The greenmint... Read more
RIO DE JANEIRO Rua Santo Antonio, 133 Modernist building, ordered by a wealthy Algarvian emigrant, coming back from Rio de Janeiro who wanted a building to remind his Brasil … Rio de Janeiro & Copacabana are in several details of the ... Read more
TRIBUNAL DE FARO Avenida 5 de outubro, # 10 Built 1960, Art Deco. Arq. Raul Rodrigues Lima Massive Art Deco building. Part of the so called Estado Novo or Portugues Suave style. Influnced by Italian fascist style or soviet modernism. You ca... Read more
CASA BOTO Rua Bernardo Passos, # 24 Built in 1952. Art Deco. Arq. Jorge de Oliveira Tiny Art Deco townhouse; Perfect geometric shapes, Concrete light blue façade, horizontal and vertical steamless band decoration, Narrow windows. Original ... Read more
Quarteirao Branco (Millenium Bank) Intersection Rua Alameda // av 5 outubro Built in 1987. South Modernist. Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC) This building is more than a condo. It is a block of the avenue, a piece of the city. It is the lar... Read more
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Edificio TRIDENTE (BPI Bank) Avenida 5 de outubro, # 19 Built in 1979 . South Modernist. Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC) An Icon of Faro skyline. One of the largest Architect Construction in Faro after Quarteirao Branco. Originally a Multi... Read more
BLUE TROPICAL Building Avenida 5 de outubro, # 46 An other Modernist Icon of Faro skyline. The blue tropical concrete façade and the endless COBOGO (breezeblocks) wall gives a latinamerican taste. Building made for a wealthy emigrant from ... Read more
POLICE CHECK POINT Largo Manuel Teixeira Guedes Built in 1930. Art Deco. Arq. unknown Art Deco Modernist tiny construction : Rounded corner, yellow pastel concrete, narrow window and horizontal band ornement. Was formerly a Police & tra... Read more
PEREIRA House Rua Reitor Teixeira Guedes, # 26 Built in 1957. Art Deco. Arq. Apolonia Correia The Arquitect created here an elegant and sobre villa. A conventional volume with singular characteristics such as trapezoidal / curved profile ba... Read more
AFONSO House Rua Reitor Teixeira Guedes, # 65 Built in 1960. South Modernist. Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC) Family house with blue vertical lines. Arq and writer Ricardo Agarez Said about this house it has « whitewashed vertical planes... Read more
CASA GAGO Rua Humberto Delgado, # 17 Built in 1955. South Modernist. Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC) Building ordered by Alfredo Gago Rosa, former wealthy emigrant from Venezuela. He wanted to invest in real estate and started with a speci... Read more
Praça CORONEL PIRES VIEGAS, # 6/7 and #11 Arq. Jorge de OLIVEIRA. Art Deco. 2 simular buildings. At # 6-7 CONTREIRAS BUILDING (1955) At # 11 MENDONCA and PEREIRA BUILDING (1954) You can notice the same conventional building volumes, with p... Read more
Praça CORONEL PIRES VIEGAS, # 6/7 and #11 Arq. Jorge de OLIVEIRA. Art Deco. 2 simular buildings. At # 6-7 CONTREIRAS BUILDING (1955) At # 11 MENDONCA and PEREIRA BUILDING (1954) You can notice the same conventional building volumes, with p... Read more
FARO MARKET Largo Francisco Sa Carneiro Arq Jorge de Oliveira. 1948. Has unfortunately been restructured about 10 years ago and lost part of its Modern style. But there are at least 4 other reasons to stop by : *  Stop for a snack or Café... Read more
South Modern Residencial Area Rua dos Bombeiros Portugueses Rua Emiliano Costa Rua Ataide de Oliveira Rua Jeronimo Osorio Rua Jose Joaquim de Moura Area almost 100% South Modern. Built in 1950’s. Buildings still occupied and in good condi... Read more
South Modern Residencial Area Rua dos Bombeiros Portugueses Rua Emiliano Costa Rua Ataide de Oliveira Rua Jeronimo Osorio Rua Jose Joaquim de Moura Area almost 100% South Modern. Built in 1950’s. Buildings still occupied and in good condi... Read more
South Modern Residencial Area Rua dos Bombeiros Portugueses Rua Emiliano Costa Rua Ataide de Oliveira Rua Jeronimo Osorio Rua Jose Joaquim de Moura Area almost 100% South Modern. Built in 1950’s. Buildings still occupied and in good condi... Read more
South Modern Residencial Area Rua dos Bombeiros Portugueses Rua Emiliano Costa Rua Ataide de Oliveira Rua Jeronimo Osorio Rua Jose Joaquim de Moura Area almost 100% South Modern. Built in 1950’s. Buildings still occupied and in good condi... Read more
PATIO TOWN HOUSES Rua José Joaquim de Moura #2; # 12/28 Arq. Manuel Gomes da Costa (MGC) 1961 MGC created the concept of Patio Town Houses. (CORREIA Houses) 4 economic town houses have been built at #12 to 28 made of  2 apartments each, w... Read more
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MGC Atelier and House Rua Reitor Teixeira Guedes, #42/44 Arq Manuel Gomes da Costa. (MGC) 1966. The Architect house, has been renovated and a bit transformed from its original design. Anyway we can still notice its serenity and minimalism. ... Read more
Praçeta Eng. Duarte Pacheco Social housings for public workers Arq Manuel Gomes da Costa # 2 : Casa Santa Zita. 1957 3 floors pink and white building Casa dos magistrados 1960 (In the other corner of the praça) 3 floors blue and white bui... Read more
Praçeta Eng. Duarte Pacheco Social housings for public workers Arq Manuel Gomes da Costa # 2 : Casa Santa Zita. 1957 3 floors pink and white building Casa dos magistrados 1960 (In the other corner of the praça) 3 floors blue and white bui... Read more
RUA DE BERLIM Luxury Villas and residences Arq Manuel Gomes da Costa (1959 / 1969) The architect built about half of the street during a decade. Check # 15 ; # 13; #37 or # 57. Originally the Villas and buildings had flat roofs as in Modern... Read more
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AVENIDA 5 de OUTUBRO The most Southamerican avenue of Faro # 79  and # 204  : Habitaçao Colectiva. Arq M. Gomes da Costa ; 1957-1969. 2 facing buildings with similar design. Le corbusier and Oscar Niemeyer influence. Buildings ordered by... Read more
AVENIDA 5 de OUTUBRO The most Southamerican avenue of Faro # 69 : Green Tropical. Light green concrete, white cobogo, plants, flat roof and geometric shapes
# 50 : SOARES Building. Arq J de Oliveira 1954. Quite abandoned. Flat roof with canopee, cobogo, plants, concrete & steel. Reminds Franck Lloyd style (American Modernist arquitect). GOOD TO KNOW : Av. 5 de outubro has been mostly built ... Read more
Jardim da Alameda Joao de Deus Green oasis in Faro Not a modernist place, but worths a break. This park is the largest and oldest of Faro, it counts several centenar species of trees, a comunity of peacocks, a picnic area, several cafés wi... Read more

 

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