António Varela o Legado do Invisível, Caleidoscópio Ed., Lisboa, 2015  [288 pp.], ISBN: 978-989-658-225-8.

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available in paperback format



The theme “Antonio Varela and the legacy of the invisible – composition, tracings and symbolic of an architect under the shadow of giants” proposes an interpretation for this architect’s silent path.

The complexity evidenced by architecture over this first Portuguese modern art movement can be explained by the very contradiction experienced within the international debate between Tradition and Modernity. Attempts to overcome this duality manifested through the production of “avant-garde” art and architecture, and had some impact on the relatively small Portuguese universe. In the specific case of Varela’s works, these are illustrated by their functional, programmatic, typological and symbolic aspects.

The foundations for the artist’s architectural production evolve around archetypal gestures denoting an ontological reflection of an hermetic nature based upon the Platonic-Pythagorean archetypology, which act as mental mechanisms processing the pre-composition architectural design. His most significant works convey this same poetic ideal throughout structures of signs in the space design, supported by the canons of geometry and the induction of a creative logos. For this transitional character, the process reveals the architect’s concern and reflection on aesthetics, and may well explain his own interpretation of modernity, achieved through the symbolic path.

Keywords: composition; tracings; symbolic; tradition; modernism.


Publication of scientific papers and articles focusing mainly on areas of History and Theory of Architecture and Architectural Composition.

Pensamento clássico e mediterranismo na modernidade da “arquitectura do sul”: ideologias e movimentos artísticos na génese da cultura europeia do Século XX, in Dispersos 3, ISMAT, 2015 [10 pp.].

Em Busca de Luz, Ar e Claridade – Dos largos telheiros industriais ao modernismo do século XX – Alguns contributos para uma História da Indústria de Conservas de Peixe em Portugal, in De Pé Sobre a Terra. Estudos sobre a Indústria, o Trabalho e o Movimento Operário em Portugal, Universidade Popular do Porto [23 pp.], Porto, 2013, ISBN: 978-989-981-70-1-2.

Em Busca de Luz, Ar e Claridade – Dos largos telheiros industriais ao modernismo do século XX – Alguns contributos para uma História da Indústria de Conservas de Peixe em Portugal, in Dispersos 2, ISMAT, 2013 [7 pp.], ISBN: 978-989-97766-6-1.

António Varela o Legado do Invisível, in Dispersos de Arquitectura, ISMAT, 2012 [artigo, 17 pp.], ISBN: 989-97766.

António Varela o Legado do Invisível – Composição, traçado e simbólica de um arquitecto à sombra de gigantes, in Palcos de Arquitectura, Vol. II, Lisboa, AEAULP – Academia de Escolas de Arquitectura e Urbanismo de Língua Portuguesa, 2012 [12 pp.], ISBN: 978-972-9346-27-9.

Desenhos a café e outros imaginários de bolso, in Diários Gráficos em Almada, Almada, Ed. Câmara Municipal de Almada, 2011 [4 pp.], ISBN: 978-972-9134-93-7.

Conforto, optimização energética e potencial arquitectónico (em parceria com Mestre Arq. Luis Morgado), in Archi News, nº 5, de Maio/Junho 2005 [8 pp.].


Invited exhibitions of work

Sketchbooks in Almada: we are not perfect artists [catalog], City Museum of Almada / City Council of Almada, 29 January/16 April 2011; ISBN:978-972-9134-93-7


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