The quality of stone is a reflection of the knowledge, applied throughout the entire stone quarrying and processing chain. Portugal’s historical experience with natural stone refers to the most emblematic buildings and pavements, which have contributed for hundreds of years to the knowledge that is rooted in Portuguese companies.
How far creativity
can take us
From the simplest objects in our daily lives to the great constructions that tell us our history and the evolution of our civilization, the stone appears in the smallest details but also in the most megalomaniacal projects that society knows until today.
Stone gives note of its own natural phenomenon, its constructions, its importance in our daily lives, from religion to cuisine
Calçada (Retrato de Amália Rodrigues)
Alexandre Farto a.k.a. Vhils
Don’t Look Back | Sagmeister & Walsh
Exhibition Still Motion
Conversadeira | Eduardo Souto de Moura
First Stone Project
Garden Bench | Álvaro Siza
From the manual application used on the Portuguese pavement, to the use of the most innovative techniques for the construction for major works, we can see the convergence between the quality of our stone and the quality of our people, resulting in the so recognized and prestigious Portuguese know-how. Emerging technologies and the entire digital universe have become the new allies of an industry that, based on its millenary history, projects itself into the future
In Memoriam | Peter Saville
Dice | Carsten Höller
can be felt
Since the beginning of its use, the stone has assumed great aesthetic relevance. The notion of beauty is being adapted to trends and forms of the time, but natural stone remains a timeless symbol of beauty and sophistication.
As a synthetic material, there are colors and stone textures that allow any creative to translate imagination into a final work. In Portugal, we can find basalt, limestone, marble, granite, slate and variations of these, resulting in hundreds of alternatives of different aesthetics.
Given its characteristics, the stone can be used in the most different artistic expressions, applied both in small design and art projects as well as in large architecture works spread all over the world.
Portuguese stone is recognized as being a trendy material, together with influential designers and architects, as well as other prescribers, presenting itself as a contemporary and sophisticated product, as well as quite diversified in terms of aesthetic solutions, in order to correspond to the more demanding projects.
Strength and durability
Singularity is the adjective that perhaps best characterizes natural stone, not only because it reflects its unique formation process, but also reflects the characteristics of resistance and durability that no other natural material has.
Portugal, due to the morphology of its territory, presents some natural phenomena where the stone is, of course, the protagonist. Thus, nature offers us a diverse pallet of materials with the most varied characteristics, allowing the use of stone as a reflection of creativity and human emotions.
Marble Ruivina Escuro
Granite Azul Ponte de Lima
The stone has an identity that remains today synonymous with a truly amazing universe that, extracted from Mother Nature, made a point of following the evolution of the times and showing itself in the details of our daily lives. Stories told by our stone, because the stone is part of our history.
From monuments, religious or civil to works of art or buildings with the most varied functions, the book “Pedra Portuguesa no Mundo/Portuguese Stone Around the World” testifies the quality of Portuguese stone.
In this second volume, we want to reinforce the relation between stone and other materials and its relationship with architects and how they begin to incorporate more sustainable processes into their architecture.
This book gives us an insight into what the Stone did for Man and what Man did with the Stone. Get to know a thousand and one stories about Portuguese stone.