Tomás Taveira (born 1938) is a controversial Portuguese architect. He has a degree in architecture from the Technical University of Lisbon and owns a post-graduation from the MIT (U.S.A.). He designed three of the new stadiums for Euro 2004 in Portugal.
Tomás Taveira's emblematic buildings include:
- Zona J Housing Complex
- Amoreiras Towers, Lisbon, Portugal
- Arco-Íris Building, Lisbon, Portugal
- Aveiro Stadium, Aveiro, Portugal
- Alvalade Stadium, Lisbon, Portugal
- Leiria Stadium, Leiria, Portugal
- New Arena Palestra Itália (under construction), São Paulo, Brazil
Video recordings affair
In the 1980s he was involved in a sex scandal when some personal home-made recordings he kept in videotapes were furtuitously discovered by his maid; unbeknownst to him, these recordings were duplicated and then used in an extortion attempt against him. Although Taveira initially complied with his former maid's demands, the recordings nevertheless found their way to the Portuguese magazine Semana Ilustrada, which had offered a substantial monetary reward in exchange for the copies. The recordings showed him having sexual intercourse and rough anal sex with different younger women inside his office at Amoreiras, Lisbon. Since then he gained huge notoriety. The Spanish magazine Interviú also published photos of the recorded scenes which prompted Taveira's lawyer to request court action against the magazines.
The infamous recordings with hardcore sexual content were made available in VHS tapes that spread to the general public and later on to peer-to-peer networks and pornographic video websites which accept user submissions.
The Taveira sex tapes scenes, also known in Portuguese as Taveiradas, reached a kind of cult status among adult content consumers, particularly Portuguese young males, for a number of years. In a similar way, his detractors use the term Taveiradas pejoratively, to describe Taveira's architectural works which they do not appreciate or consider bizarre. In fact, Taveira's prominence as the (presumably unwitting) protagonist of one of the earliest (and most genuine) occurrences of the now-common fad of leaked sex tapes far surpasses any recognition resulting from his architectural achievements in contemporary Portuguese pop culture. Famous lasting soundbites and memes, originating from the infamous videos, include "Está tudo lá dentro!" ("It's all inside!") during anal sex, "Ui, ca bom!" ("Oh ,So good!"), "...a menina da Kookai" ("Kookai's girl"), "Queres óleo?" ("Want some lube?"), "vamos comer a Fatinha" ("let's go down on little Miss Fatima") and his celebrated exchange with one of his partners during anal sex: "Queres um batidinho de esporra?"/"Só se for com chocolate." ("Would you like a cum milkshake?"/"Only if it comes with chocolate.") These were widely parodied in Portugal by all sorts of people, particularly teenagers and young adults at the time, and figured in several satirical media for many years since, such as more or less underground comics that featured a Taveira, O Arquitecto Quebra-Bilhas character ("Taveira, The Ass-Ripping Architect"; this name was how the series of leaked videos came to be known at the time).
Due to the scandal and related negative publicity, Taveira faced serious personal and professional setbacks until the late 1990s.
The housing complex projected by Taveira in Chelas, Marvila, Lisbon was scheduled for partial demolition. The main reason behind this municipal decision was urban and social degeneration caused by uncontrollable drug use and traffic, increased crime rates and juvenile delinquency. The building complex proved to be quite propitious to such behaviours as it included quite a lot of underused, marginal spaces with difficult possibilities of natural surveillance.
One of the main streets, named The Corridor of Death has been the stage of many gangster homicides and other crimes. The municipality found no solution other than the demolition of some blocks, as it was impossible to regenerate such spaces created by Taveira. This area has been depicted many times in Portuguese film history, including the film Zona J and the short-film Arena by João Salaviza, which won the Palme d'Or at Cannes Festival.
Due to the prejudice associated with this area, the neighborhood decided to switch the name from Zona J to Bairro do Condado.
- (Portuguese) Tomás Taveira. In Infopédia [Em linha]. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003-2009. [Consult. 2009-05-13]. Disponível na www: <URL: http://www.infopedia.pt/$tomas-taveira>.
- (Portuguese) Jovem Pan Online, youtube.com
- (Spanish) El arquitecto portugués Taveira demanda a la revista que publicó fotos de sus vídeos, El País, March 3, 1990
- (Portuguese), "O arquitecto falou também, logo de início, sobre o escândalo das cassetes íntimas com divulgação nacional, que o tornou ainda mais famoso, embora por razões que nada têm a ver com a arquitectura. “Estive dez anos sem trabalho. Foi um longo período de meditação”, disse, contando que só voltou em pleno à sua profissão no final da década da 90.", A crítica da crítica da Arquitectura, Jornal Oeste Online (October 25, 2002)
- (Portuguese) Acórdão do Tribunal Central Administrativo Sul, Processo: 00411/04, Secção: Contencioso Administrativo - 2º Juízo (March 31, 2005)