“Paris Haussmann. A Model’s relevance” at Centro Cultural de Belém

March 11, 2018

Intended as a demonstration, the exhibition starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover this heritage at various scales. The exhibition redesigns, categorizes and compares the urban axes, distinguishes the public spaces, organizes the city blocks and buildings according to their current geometry.

 

Ty­po­lo­gi­cal And Mor­pho­lo­gi­cal Ana­ly­sis, Pri­ma­ry Public Spaces. Pla­ce Charles De Gaul­le © LAN

Ty­po­lo­gi­cal And Mor­pho­lo­gi­cal Ana­ly­sis, Pri­ma­ry Public Spaces. Pla­ce Charles De Gaul­le © LAN

 

The exhibition, curated by LAN – Benoit Jallon and Umberto Napolitano- and FBC -Franck Boutté- starts with a line drawn to review history. Over 100 drawings, plans, archives, photographs by Cyrille Weiner, as well as many mock-ups, give visitors an opportunity to rediscover the city’s heritage at various scales.

(more…)

Arquipelago Contemporary Arts Center by Menos e Mais and João Mendes Ribeiro

February 13, 2018

Today we discover the winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award Restoration Category Prize: the leading art museum and exhibition center in the Azores housed in a late-19th century former alcohol factory, located in the town of Ribeira Grande.

 

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos

Arquipélago – Contemporary Arts Centre / João Mendes Ribeiro + Menos é Mais Arquitectos © José Campos

 

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can one re-inscribe the value of a factory and prolong its physical morphology? By finding a space between the new volumes to which character is given and a new design is defined for this place. By adjusting the scaling and gently touching the preexistence, and not surpassing its limits. By expressing the will to lay bare the weight of the volcanic materialization of this place, with new bodies built with apparent, smooth and dark concrete. By prolonging the mineral positioning and showing a differential tactile datum. By investing and allowing the materiality to respond in a contrary way to its exterior, smooth and docile, seeking to accommodate a program for the unpredictability of the arts. The BigMat International Architecture Award, through these three winning projects, shows by way of example the different fields of work of Portuguese architects with a persistent and rigorous posture of “building on the built-up”. (more…)

Meeting Centre in Grândola by Aires Mateus

February 10, 2018

Grândola Meeting Centre is located on a block of several historic buildings in Grândola, Portugal. The gorgeous structure was designed by Portuguese acclaimed architecture firm Aires Mateus. The new building stands out among the city’s traditional architecture with a boxy form and smooth white façade.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus designed a white sculpted building that serves as a Meeting Centre in Grândola, Portugal. A new Meeting Center rises in a small city of Portugal, in Grândola. The design of Aires Mateus is based on a simple white volume of concrete in which certain incisions have been sculpted and compose the doors and windows of the building.

Project data

Architects Aires Mateus
Location 7570 Grândola, Portugal
Authors Manuel Aires Mateus, Francisco Aires Mateus
Area 670.0 m2
Project Year 2016
Photographs Nelson Garrido
Client Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Grândola
Coordination Jorge P Silva
Collaborators Marco Campolongo, Matteo Foresti, Előd Golicza
Specialism Axial / Três Cês Construction Manuel Mateus Frazão

The interior is a free square floor space and it is configurable by movable elements, which allows the realization of meetings of great amount of people, but also those with smaller scale. The structure of the ceiling, like the facades, also appears sculpted, but this time in its interior, dividing itself in different skylights with funnel forms. In this way, the roof reveals and configures the different parts in which the interior can be divided.

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

The context in its distances, alignments, proportions, define the mass. The program determines the project. A meeting centre for large gatherings or small groups. The ceiling, in its variations and geometry answers the program. A complete horizontal clearness outlines the space as a whole, which as atmosphere opposes to the weight of the vertical voids. The support functions deepen the external and peripheral wall. The final image is determined by the interaction of internal space and occupied façade.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

 

Grândola Meeting Centre is located on a block of several historic buildings in Grândola, Portugal. The gorgeous structure was designed by Portuguese acclaimed minimalist architecture firm Aires Mateus. The new building stands out among the city’s traditional architecture with a boxy form and smooth white façade. Although undoubtedly modern in design, Aires Mateus’ structure respects the surrounding buildings in mass and height. The design therefore opens a dialogue between the new and old buildings on the street, rather than overshadowing them.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

 

Prisms, reminiscent of children’s blocks, are cut into the white façade, serving as indents for the door and window placements. At night these prisms glow brilliantly, creating a collection of illuminated shapes on the façade like a terrestrial broadcast to the sky. The building’s attention to geometry is heightened throughout the interior: the ceiling is covered in an expansive stretch of varying angular forms. Other than the ceiling, the interior program is quite simple: large meeting rooms allow the user to define the space based on their needs.

 

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido

Aires Mateus, Meeting Centre in Grândola © Nelson Garrido


 

News source: Aires Mateus 
Subscribe here to get weekly updates about architecture events and exhibitions

“Shadow Soundings” Bill Fontana at MAAT Oval Gallery

January 29, 2018

Bill Fontana’s latest project turns the architecture of a suspended bridge into a sound and video installation. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality.

 

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

Shadow Soundings, Bill Fontana, MAAT Oval Gallery, 2017 © MAAT

 

Shadow Soundings, the new international commission for MAAT’s Oval Gallery, is an immersive sound and video installation by American artist Bill Fontana, which was created from the sounds and vibrations of the 25th of April Bridge and the Tagus River. In this installation, especially created for Lisbon, the artist captures the sonority of the bridge and surrounding areas – so familiar to the city’s residents – and amplifies them until they acquire a musical quality. (more…)

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura

January 2, 2018

The project, winner of the BigMat ’17 International Architecture Award National Prize in Portugal, comprises the construction of the International Contemporary Sculpture Museum (MIEC) and rehabilitation of the Municipal Museum Abade Pedrosa (MMAP), that the Municipality of Santo Tirso intends to open in this site.

 

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura © João Morgado

Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum by Alvaro Siza Vieira + Eduardo Souto De Moura © João Morgado

 

According to the panel of judges chairman, Jesús Aparicio, “[…] the Abade Pedrosa Municipal Museum is a piece that blends seamlessly with the surrounding architecture while creating a break between the two buildings and deftly adding the intended functionality.”

In words of Paulo David (Portuguese member of the panel of judges): “How can we relate different buildings with similar programs? By underlining the gulf between them, by building in the form of a distinct touch and position through construction of a new body that physically connects the two buildings. By joining all times, exposing their subtleties. By replacing a small window, a tiny detail, a memory. By re-inscribing the truth in the historical adjustment and reinterpreting the past to build another time. When discovering the dialog between two architects that put in place two buildings communicating in time and in history, one perceives the sequencing in their decisions, even the most silent ones.” (more…)

“Power Architecture” inaugural exhibition at Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura

December 23, 2017

“Poder Arquitectura” is Casa da Arquitectura – Portuguese Centre for Architecture’s inaugural exhibition. Organised by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho, the exhibition will occupy the approximately 800 square meters of the Exhibition Aisle with a proposal of reflection around eight powers that align, intersect, inflect and diverge from each other.

 

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

“Power Architecture” exhibition @ aNC Arquitectos

 

In an exhibition of architecture, the only space that visitors experience is the gallery that houses it, the rest are representations of it. The exhibition Power/Architecture, which inaugurates Casa da Arquitectura, is designed for the former warehouse of the Royal Winery. The project explores the monumental extension and height of the nave with a single central void that encourages non-sequential visits and activities with the public. An electro welded mesh is the limit of the void, the first of three planes where photographs, models, objects, clippings, films, drawings and texts assembled. (more…)

Casa da Arquitectura – Centro Português de Arquitectura opening in Matosinhos

December 2, 2017

Casa da Arquitectura officially opened the doors of its new installations in Matosinhos, Porto. The new space occupies part of the block of the Real Vinícola, a group of buildings restored by the Municipality of Matosinhos with a project by the architect Guilherme Machado Vaz, with an area of about 5 thousand m2.

 

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

Casa da Arquitectura, Matosinhos © Machado Vaz

 

It is here that, during three days, an intense program of exhibitions, performances, debates, guided tours, films, music and activities for children and families will all involve everyone in a great celebration of architecture. Casa opens its exhibition program with two distinct proposals: in the Exhibition Aisle we will have “Poder Arquitectura”, curated by the architects Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Bandeira and Ricardo Carvalho who will occupy approximately 800 square meters of the Aisle with a proposal for reflection on “eight powers that align, inflect and diverge among themselves” and involves 40 projects of about 30 different authors from around the world. (more…)

“Neighbourhood. Where Alvaro meets Aldo” at Centro Cultural de Belém

November 21, 2017

The official Portuguese representation at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale chose as its central theme Álvaro Siza’s remarkable work in the field of social housing, covering his projects undertaken in different contexts: Campo di Marte (Venice); Schlesisches Tor (Berlin); Schilderswijk West (The Hague); and Bairro da Bouça (Porto).

 

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

Álvaro Siza with local residents © Nicolò Galeazzi

 

In all of these projects, he demonstrated his experience in terms of social participation, reflecting a democratic understanding of the city, citizenship and the collective memory, which also brought him closer to the thinking of his contemporary Aldo Rossi. Álvaro Siza’s projects have created genuine “neighbourhoods”, a central theme on the current European political agenda, in defence of a more inclusive and multicultural society. The exhibition also documents the architect’s return visits to the four neighbourhoods in 2016, where he was confronted with such phenomena as immigration, ghettoisation, touristification and the gentrification of cities.

(more…)

“Splitting, cutting, writing, drawing, eating… Gordon Matta-Clark” exhibition at Culturgest Lisboa

October 24, 2017

The exhibition  surveys the constructive and destructive verbs that defined his relation to art and architecture, featuring correspondence, drawings, photographs, notebooks, and films related to the artist’s key projects, drawn from the archive of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, in Montréal.  

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

Conical Intersect, 1975. © Gordon Matta-Clark y David Zwirner, New York

 

Gordon Matta-Clark (1943-1978) is one of the most influential artists of the 1970s, whose work has continued to be a noted influence of both architects and visual artists since. Along with his major building cuts from 1973 to 1978, in which laboriously cut holes into floors of abandoned or disused buildings, including A W-Hole House, Conical Intersect, Day’s End, and Splitting (1974), the exhibition also explores his interest in metabolic and cooking processes, including his restaurant Food (1971); his play with language and the syntax of voids, gaps, and abandoned spaces;  and the use of drawing as a mode of thinking through space.The exhibition will focus on these social and creative aspects of Matta-Clark´s conception of architecture, or as he put it, “making space without building it”. (more…)

Discover all about Open House Lisbon 2017!

September 17, 2017

This 6th edition of Open House Lisboa happens Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September 2017. On this weekend, everyone is invited to walk through the city’s iconic buildings as well as more recent projects. Save this date!

 

MAAT - Edifício Novo,  Amanda Levete Architects, 2016 © Francisco Nogueira

MAAT – Edifício Novo, Amanda Levete Architects, 2016 © Francisco Nogueira

 

In 2017, Open House Lisbon return during the cultural rentrée with a new itinerary so you can discover inside out and up close the best architecture in town. Annually, each edition proposes a new and careful selection of buildings that lets us see emblematic works in the city, their stories and authors. (more…)