Today we feature the first photos which we didn’t take: the author is Sérgio Gamelas, coincidentally Alexandre’s father and an architect as well. These small storage buildings for corn are a type of construction which is common in Portugal, and others, further South, were shown here before.
Their temple-like appearance, like other traditional granaries around the world, derive of course from the large “capitals” in the base columns designed to prevent rodents from getting in. These however take the classical vernacular one step further: the vertical slats for ventilation are seemingly designed as gargantuan Greek triglyphs. One could be mistaken for thinking they were robbed from any large church façade and reassembled in this way. Funnily enough, these humble sheds seem more sofisticated and precise in their detailing than most other buildings in the area.
Whatever the reason was for such refinement, they remain as a testament to the beauty of vernacular architecture and the singularity of its local interpretations, and worth a trip to the confines of Northern Portugal.
Granaries in Soajo, Alto Minho.