The Boa Nova Tea House is a seminal work by Alvaro Siza. Located 15 minutes from the centre of Porto overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean, it is set back from the main road, grafted onto a series of rock formations. It was a beautiful work of architecture and became a significant destination on any tour of Alvaro Siza’s works.
50 years after it first opened Alvaro Siza was commissioned by the Matosinhos Council to oversee the complete restoration of the building. Completed in 2014, the work has been meticulous in returning the building to its original state, with materials repaired and/or replaced, and damaged or lost furniture re-built to original specifications. A new chef, Rui Paula was given a 20 year lease and he states:
‘The aim is to make the Boa Nova restaurant a new Northern Portugal gastronomic icon and thus honor the Matosinhos culinary tradition and also the genius of a property that seems to be born of stones, in communion with the sea and the surrounding landscape.’
Place: Casa de Chá da Boa Nova
Architect: Alvaro Siza
Photographer: Joao Morgado
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