Tomás Taveira (born 1938) is a 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.). Somes of his most recognizable works include Amoreiras Complex in Lisbon, and 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
- BNU building, Av. 5 de Outubro, Lisbon, Portugal
- Aveiro Stadium, Aveiro, Portugal
- Alvalade Stadium, Lisbon, Portugal
- Leiria Stadium, Leiria, Portugal
- New Arena Palestra Itália, 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.
Due to the scandal and related negative publicity, Taveira faced serious personal and professional setbacks until the late 1990s.
Bairro do Condado
The housing complex projected by Taveira in 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 Short Film Palme d'Or at Cannes Festival.
- (in 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>.
- (in Portuguese) on YouTube
- (in Spanish) El arquitecto portugués Taveira demanda a la revista que publicó fotos de sus vídeos, El País, March 3, 1990
- (in 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)
- (in Portuguese) Acórdão do Tribunal Central Administrativo Sul, Processo: 00411/04, Secção: Contencioso Administrativo - 2º Juízo (March 31, 2005)