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Alvaro Negrello

  • Scale model maker
  • Porto, Portugal
  • Master Artisan
Alvaro Negrello Scale model maker
Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish
By appointment only
+351 912287371
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Architectural rigour and beauty

  • • Alvaro’s architectural models are recognised as works of art
  • • A visit to EPFL in Lausanne changed his professional path
  • • Architects entrust Alvaro with transforming their design

Alvaro Negrello has lived in Portugal for over 30 years with his Angolan-Portuguese wife and their two sons. His charming accent when he speaks Portuguese reveals his Italian roots and upbringing in the Italian-speaking Swiss canton of Ticino. He set out to study geometric engineering but a casual visit with friends to the architecture workshops of Lausanne's federal institute of technology, EPFL, changed his path forever. He eventually moved to Porto, which had a rich architectural scene in the early 90s, and set up his own workshop making architectural models. Alvaro now works with Pritzker Prize architects Eduardo Souto de Moura, Siza Vieira and other global architects who seek his professionalism, aesthetic rigour, precision and innovation.

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15 Union Square NY

Architectural model made in acrylic and aluminium. Built for promotion in different galleries.

Height 140 cm
Width 170

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Fortaleza de Sagres Portugal

Architectural model of the Fortaleza Sagres, located on a narrow headland on Portugal’s most south-westerly point. It was built in wood and resin.

Height 100 cm
Width 100

Photo: © Nelson Miranda
Presbiterio Fatima Portugal

Architectural model for the construction of an outdoor altar for the sanctuary of Fatima. The project was designed by Paula Santos Arquitectura with sober lines in keeping with the sanctuary. The model was built in wood and embellished with gold leaf.

Height 190 cm
Width 230

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