Braga Stadium
Eduardo Souto de Moura

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Secil – Companhia Geral de Cal e Cimento, SA awarded the Secil Architecture Award 2004 to the Braga Municipal Stadium, designed by the architect Eduardo Souto de Moura.

The Secil Award has a monetary value of €50,000 and the prize has been won by some of the most significant names in Portuguese architecture, such as Vítor Figueiredo, Siza Vieira, João Luís Carrilho da Graça and Pedro Maurício Borges.

1952 – Eduardo Souto Moura was born in Porto (Portugal) on 25 July.

1974-1979 – He worked for the architect Álvaro Siza Vieira.

1980 – He graduated in Architecture at the Graduate School of Fine Arts, Porto.

1980 – He started working as a freelance architect.

1981 – He started work as an Assistant on the FAUP Architecture Course.

1988 – Visiting Lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture, Paris-Belleville.

1989 – Visiting Lecturer at the Harvard and Dublin Schools of Architecture.

1990 – 1991 – Visiting Lecturer at the Zurich ETH.

1994 – Visiting Lecturer at the Lausanne School of Architecture.


1980 – António de Almeida Foundation Prize.

1981 – 1st Prize in the competition for the S.E.C. Cultural Centre, Porto.

1982 – 1st Prize in the competition for the restructuring of the Praça Giraldo, Évora.

1984 – Antero de Quental Foundation Prize.

1986 – 1st Prize in the competition for the C.I.A.C. pavilions.

1987 – 1st Prize in the competition for a hotel in Salzburg.

1990 – 1st Prize in the “IN/ARCH 1990 for Sicily” competition

1992 – SECIL Architecture Prize.
1st Prize for Construction of the Auditorium and Children’s Library of the Porto Public Library.

1993 – 2nd Prize in the “Architecture in Stone” competition

– Secil Architecture Award – Honourable Mention for the Casa de Miramar.

– National Architecture Prizes – Honourable Mention for the S.EC. Cultural Centre and the House in Alcanena.

1995 – Architecture in Stone International Prize for the House in Braga, Verona Fair.

1996 – Annual Award of the Portuguese Section of the International Art Critics Association.

– Nominated for the Pabellón Mies van der Rohe European Architecture Prize, for the projects:

1990 – “Casa das Artes”, Cultural Centre for the S.E.C., Porto.

1992 – House in Alcanena.

1994 – Department of Geosciences of the University of Aveiro.

1996 – Residential Block, Rua do Teatro, Porto.

1998 – Pousada de Santa Maria do Bouro.

2000 – Patio Houses, Matosinhos.

2002 – “Manoel de Oliveira” Cinema House, Porto

1998 – Finalist in the IBERFAD Prize with the Pousada de Santa Maria do Bouro.

– 1st Prize in the 1st IberoAmerican Biennial with Pousada de Santa Maria do Bouro.

– Pessoa/98 Prize.

1999 – Honourable Mention “Architecture in Stone” for the Pousada de Santa Maria do Bouro

– Opinião Prize, FAD Prizes, Silo Cultural Prize in NorteShopping.

2001 – Heinrich-Tessenow-Medal in Gold Prize.

2002 – Finalist in the III Iberoamerican Architecture and Civil Engineering Biennial, Patio Houses, Matosinhos.

2003 – Honourable Mention “Architecture in Stone” for the Faixa Marginal project, Matosinhos Sul

2004 – Finalist in the FAD Architecture and Interior Design Awards 2004, with the project “2 houses in Ponte de Lima”.

– Jury Prize in FAD Architecture and Interior Design Awards 2004.

2004 – Secil Architecture Award – Braga Municipal Stadium

Main projects

1980/84 – Braga Municipal Market.

1981/91 – “Casa das Artes”, Cultural Centre for the S.E.C.

1982/85 – House 1 in Nevogilde, Porto.

1983/88 – House 2 in Nevogilde, Porto.

1984/89 – House at Quinta do Lago, Almansil, Algarve.

1985 – “Dell’ Accademia” Bridge, Venice Biennale, Venice.

1986/88 – Annexes for a residence at Rua da Vilarinha, Porto.

1987/92 – House in Alcanena, Torres Novas.

1987/89 – Hotel in Salzburg (1987 competition; 1989 project).

1987 – Detailed plan for the “Porta dei Colli”, Palermo (Milan Triennale).

1987/91 – House 1 in Miramar, Vila Nova de Gaia.

1987/94 – House in Av. da Boavista, Porto.

1988 – Detailed plan and Equipment for the “Mondello”, Palermo.

1989/97 – Conversion of the Convent of Santa Maria do Bouro in a Pousada, Amares.

1989/94 – “Bom Jesus” House, Braga.

1990/94 – Department of Geosciences of the University of Aveiro.

1990/93 – House in Maia.

1990/93 – House in Baião.

1991/95 – House in Tavira, Algarve

1991 – Business District – Office buildings and shopping gallery, Av.Boavista, Porto.

1991/98 – House in Moledo, Caminha.

1992/95 – Residential Block, Rua do Teatro, Porto.

1992/01 – Auditorium and Children’s Library of the Porto Public Library.

1993/04 – Refurbishing and Recovery of the Grão Vasco Museum, Viseu.

1993/99 – Patio house in Matosinhos.

1993 – Conversion of the Porto Customs Building in the Transport and Communications Museum.

1994/02 – House in Serra da Arrábida.

1994/02 – House in Cascais.

1994/01 – Three residential buildings in Praça de Liége, Porto.

1995 – Detailed plan of the new Centro Direccional of the City of Maia.

1995 – Conversion of the Faixa Marginal of Matosinhos Sul.

1995/98 – Portugal Pavilion – Expo’98, Lisbon, content project.

1996/97 – Interior Design project for the Pousada de Santa Maria do Bouro, Amares.

1997/99 – Interior Design project for the “Armazéns do Chiado”, Lisbon.

1997/01 – Portuguese Photography Centre, Cadeira da Relação do Porto Building, Porto.

1997 – Porto Metro Architecture Project, Porto.

1997/01 – Collective Housing Project, City of Maia.

1997/01 – Braga Market – Refurbishment.

1998/99 – “Silo” gallery in Norteshopping, Matosinhos.

1998/03 – Manoel de Oliveira Cinema House, Porto

1999/00 – Co-designer of the Portugal pavilion project for the Hannover Expo together with the architect Siza Vieira.

2000/03 – Braga Stadium – Euro 2004 Braga.

P.S. – The dates indicate the start and end of the projects.

The Braga Municipal Stadium was developed in the Dume Sports Park on the north slope of Monte Castro. The deployment was determined by the requirement not to make a “dam” on the waterline that naturally runs through the valley. The alternative was to move it to the west and to build against the hillside, like a Roman amphitheatre.

Today football is an entertainment event, like cinema, theatre and television, hence the option to make only two terraces. Today nobody wants to watch a Peter Handke play close-up from behind the goals.

The roof was initially designed as a long continuous cover (see Siza / Expo), but due to conditioning and travel, we chose to use the Inca bridges in Peru as a reference.

With a height of 40 metres, the Stadium backs on to two squares at the same height. This meant that the Building could serve as an “anchor” for the organization of the territory, for the expansion of the city towards the north. To the South, it was like this twenty years ago, in the Carandá Market. Today I’m amputating it unceremoniously, so that it doesn’t die of gangrene.


Architecture Project Dates: January 2000

Construction dates: January 2002 / December 2003

Address: Monte Crasto, Parque Norte, Braga

Design: Architecture: Souto Moura – Arquitectos, Lda.  

General Design: Eduardo Souto de Moura, Carlo Nozza, Ricardo Merí, Enrique Penichet, Atsushi Hoshima, Diego Setien, Carmo Correia, Sérgio Koch, Joaquim Portela, Luisa Rosas, Jorge Domingues, Adriano Pimenta, Ricardo Rosa Santos, Diogo Guimarães, José Carlos Mariano, João Queiroz e Lima, Tiago Coelho

Landscaping: Daniel Monteiro  

Consultants: Arup Associated – Dipesh Patel (Stadium revise)  

Engineering: AFAssociados – Projectos de Engenharia, SA  

Coordination: Rui Furtado  

Structures: Rui Furtado, Carlos Quinaz, Renato Bastos, Pedro Moas, Rui Oliveira, Rodrigo Andrade e Castro, Pedro Pacheco, Miguel Paula Rocha, António André, João Dores, Sérgio Vale, Nuno Neves, Rafael Gonçalves, Andreia Delfim, Miguel Braga, João Coutinho, António Monteiro

Hydraulic installations: Maria Elisa Parente, Joana Neves  

Electrical facilities: António José Rodrigues Gomes, António Ferreira, Luís Fernandes (RGA)  

Mechanical facilities: José Silva Teixeira, Tiago Fernandes (RGA)  

Safety: Christian Aoustin (Gerisco)  

Earthworks: Estevão Santana, João Burmester  

Roads and infrastructure: Estevão Santana, João Burmester  

Consultants: António Silva Cardoso (Geotechnical), CÊGÊ (Geotechnical), OVE ARUP & PARTNERS – Andrew Alisop / Andrew Minson (Wind Study), RWDI – Mark Hunter / Michael Soligo (Rigid model tests), DMI – Danish Maritim Institut – Aage Damsghaard (Aeroelastic model tests), FEUP Construction Institute – Elsa Caetano (Dynamic)

Final cable design: Tensoteci –  Massimo Marini, Massimo Majowietcki

Roof: Soares da Costa, S.A. –  Luís Afonso, Diogo Santos  

Supervision: CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE BRAGA – DOMSU – Manuel Afonso Basto. Carlos Amaral, Luís Almeida, Filipe Vaz, Eduardo Leite, Paula Pereira, Cidália Rodrigues, Márcia Rodrigues, J. Rodrigues


  • General excavation: Aurélio Martins Sobreiro, Adérito Faneca
  • Containment: ACE-ASSOC / TECNASOL – Mário Duarte, João Falcão

Structures, facilities, Finishes and Outdoor Spaces: ACE – ASSOC / SOARES DA COSTA, SA, Lionel Correia, Jorge Oliveira, Mário Duarte, Mário Pereira, Santos Costa

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