It’s hard to call this brickwork since the walls are composed of straight runs only; however the fact that every centimeter is designed in here makes it all worthwhile. This is orthodox modernism with no holds barred, so it’s time to reinvent how everything looks like – from the handrail to the pickets to the terrazzo stairs and the (barely visible) blue-tile landings. Of course these things now all look rather normal, except for the care taken with proportions and design. These unfortunately are always in short supply!
The photos above refer to the 2nd phase (1970s) of the Parnaso Building, a modernist apartment block in the Boavista. Compare with the 1st phase stairs, finished in 1956 – light, airy and white vs the darker and angular later version.
Edifício Parnaso, Porto