A simple but effective atrium in an old building with apartments and offices, at downtown Santarém. Cool blue and white are the dominant colors, great for the hot climate of the city. Decorative painting, iron fanlights over the doors, stone and azulejos mix together with an industrial-type floor. Funnily enough, the wall azulejos are exactly the same as on the façade of our office in Porto – a testament to this material’s mass production characteristics from the onset.
With this post we start a short series on walking around Santarém. Santarém is a beautiful old Portuguese town with many amazing churches, a castle commanding princely views over the fertile plains below and a surprisingly neo-vernacular market designed in the 1930s by one of Portugal’s leading modernists. All those will come in due time, but for now we’ll look at our favourite subjects: doors, windows, tiles and façades one barely notices when walking around its narrow cobbled streets.