|Over 11 thousand participated on the regular visits promoted by Casa da Arquitectura between 2012-2016. These visits – to Boa Nova Tea House, Piscina das Marés (tidal swimming pool), Quinta da Conceição and Casa de Roberto Ives – dedicated to all sorts of public, are accompanied by specialists or architectural guides.
About 80% of the visitors are foreigners and mostly European, and on average 60% are university students. The number of visitors has been rising consistently since 2013 (1870), having risen to 2570 last year.
Casa da Arquitectura has thematic, author monographic itineraries and of relevant architectural and artistic production periods, for general publics or specialists. Regular visits are focused on the dissemination of the work of Álvaro Siza Vieira in Matosinhos – currently under the care of Casa da Arquitectura and Câmara Municipal de Matosinhos – as well as in its connections to Fernando Távora and Eduardo Souto de Moura.
Separately or in conjunction with other entities, these visits, accompanied and commented, are made available to agents of communication and promotion of international and national cultural tourism and to the public, by sending a request, at least 48 hours in advance, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Among the buildings included in the Casa da Arquitectura regular visits itinerary the most popular are the initial works of Álvaro Siza Vieira, like the Boa Nova Tea House and the Piscina das Marés, in Leça da Palmeira. In 2016, for instance, the Piscina das Marés was chosen by 82% of the visitors, followed by the Tea House (60%). 27% of the visitors searched for Quinta da Conceição and 13% visited the Casa in Roberto Ivens Street, the former family house of Álvaro Siza. Visiting this last building is free of charge.