The regeneration of the city's architectural heritage by private initiative was awarded by Mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, in a prize-giving ceremony held at the main hall of Porto City Hall.
The Prize "João de Almada" was presented to the best accomplished rehabilitation projects.
This is the 17th edition of this prize, set up by the municipality, and the highlight was the handing over of the prizes to the winners and the opening of an exhibition, on display in the City Hall's main foyer.
"The rehabilitation is done by transforming what we have by the promoters, the property owners, the architects", Mayor Rui Moreira enhanced.
Rui Moreira also stated that it is important that the city has active participants in the preservation of the fabric of urban society and of the city's heritage.
"What we have here (on display) are accomplished projects", the Mayor said, emphasizing that "this is a city of heritage, a city of architecture, a city of culture".
The winners are the "Palácio do Bolhão" by architects José Gigante, João Gomes and M. Fernando Santos, the extension of Católica Porto Business School by architect Álvaro Siza Vieira and Casa da Boavista by architect Joana Leandro Vasconcelos/Atelier In.Vitro.
The projects of the Church and Clérigos Tower, the Casa-ateliê José Marques da Silva, the Casa Salabert, of Loft Álvares Cabral and a Casa Nossa Senhora de Fátima have received Honorable Mentions.
All these projects are on display at the exhibit that was inaugurated on March 13 and runs till May.
The entrance is free.