The Tidal Pools of Álvaro Siza: Leça da Palmeira

The Tidal Pools of Álvaro Siza: Leça da Palmeira

The tidal pool complex of Leça da Palmeira was one of Pritzker Prize winning architect, Álvaro Siza Vieira's first solo projects. Located on the rocky coastline of Matosinhos, north of Porto, the pools provide shelter to swimmers from an otherwise often hostile and unpredictable Atlantic Ocean. 

Almost half a century since its completion in 1966, the pools have retained their architectural integrity, perfectly harmonising natural and man made elements.

Inspired by both the work of Álvaro Siza and warmer days here in Edinburgh, we take some of our favourite pieces from our SS21 Womenswear collection on 'holiday' to Portugal.

Casey Casey Soleil Dress in Black
 Paraboot Roses Sandals in Black

Natural Rock Formations of the site at Matosinhos • Uli Schade

Labo Art Teseo Dress in Atlantic
• Guanabana Wayuu Bag

Siza's use of concrete in construction encourages a reconciliation between the natural and man made elements of the complex 
• Uli Schade

Casey Casey Plee Skirt in Black
 Labo Art Ata Linen Shirt in Black  Grevi Straw Hat in Banana  Paraboot Roses Sandals in Black