The Three Cusps Chalet | Tiago do Vale | Architizer A+ Awards

The About page of the Architizer A+ site is quite clear:

Now in its third year, The Architizer A+Awards are the definitive global architectural award program with 90+ categories and over 300 judges. It’s your opportunity to be recognized amongst the best in the profession.

Very close to Braga Cathedral there is The Three Cusps Chalet – winner of the Architizer A+ Award in the Plus Category of Architecture +Preservation. The project was conceived by architect Tiago do Vale – the photos of this peculiar building are amazing!

Address: Rua D. Frei Caetano Brandão
Coordinates: N41° 32.9843′, W008° 25.7177′


9 thoughts on “The Three Cusps Chalet | Tiago do Vale | Architizer A+ Awards

  1. Singbetterenglish May 3, 2015 / 11:40 pm

    What a beautiful house – the prize is well deserved. I hope it brings even more people to Braga, to visit The Three Cusps Chalet.

    Now – I have a Portuguese question. I remember, when we lived in Tui and crossed the frontier into Portugal, we’d see people driving in Peneda-Gerês with bunches of yellow gorse tied to the front bumpers of their cars. I think it was in May, or springtime anyway. Could you tell me what the tradition is with gorse? We don’t have it here in the UK, but I have an idea it must be a celebration of the spring, because the gorse flowers are such a lovely bright yellow. We have a saying here: ‘When gorse is out of bloom, kissing is out of season.’
    All best wishes


    • jazzyoutoo_lostinbraga May 4, 2015 / 9:49 am

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! That’s a nice tradition that comes from many centuries ago. The ritual takes place on the night of April 30th to May 1st, the doors, windows and other places (cars) are ornamented with those yellow flowers and they are kept there during May. It is a Spring tradition/celebration, and depending on the region/place, it has different reasons why it is done. For example, here where I live, more elaborated wreaths hang on the door of every single girl, making it clear that there’s someone “available” to marry. The tradition is called “as maias” if you google images you can find some nice photos or even read about it.
      The name of the plant is I believe broom, in Portuguese giesta and in some places tradition says to make a broom with it.
      Your tradition about gorse is quite funny – I hope I was able to clarify one or two things about “as maias” – my neighbour had a wreath on her door last year, not anymore – I believe her daughter is married now or at least she has a boy-friend! :D:D:D
      I’m sorry for taking a lot of time to answer you – I did it , first thing in the morning.
      best wishes


  2. Alexander Lautsyus May 4, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    How old is your city? I love this kind of preservation when ancient building has original exterior and modern interior.


    • jazzyoutoo_lostinbraga May 4, 2015 / 9:15 pm

      It was founded by the Romans in 16 BC, that building is from the 19th century – the roof is inspired in houses from central Europe, the explanation is that it belonged, as many others, to rich Portuguese coming back from Brazil, and the inspiration for the roof comes from that country where there were central European immigrants with houses like that.
      Sorry for being so slow in answering your question – strong winds, heavy rain, no electricity, no internet – everything is OK now! 😀
      As you may guess I have lots of things to tell about my city.


    • jazzyoutoo_lostinbraga May 7, 2015 / 8:12 pm

      This is a good example of how the city historic centre should be restored! Money is needed for that! There’s a law that enforces the owners to maintain at least the facades of the houses clean and painted. Nobody cares much about it! Again money issues!

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