“SIZA – Unseen & Unknown” at Tchoban Foundation

The current exhibition at the Museum for Architectural Drawing provides an intimate view into Siza’s work, illustrated by sensitive and playful sketches that contrast with the monumentality of his buildings.

Faculty of Architecture, 1987. Porto Portugal ©Álvaro Siza


Álvaro Siza was awarded the Pritzker Prize for his life’s work in 1992 and is one of the most renowned contemporary architects. Amongst many accolades, he received the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale of Architecture in 2002 and 2012. 


Practical Information

“SIZA – Unseen & Unknown”
21 February – 26 May, 2019
Tchoban Foundation. Museum for Architectural Drawing
Christinenstraße 18a, 10119 Berlin


Drawings by his late wife, Maria Antónia Siza, are also on display for the first time to a wider public, as well as drafts by his son, Álvaro Leite Siza, and grandson, Henrique Siza. In a way, this exhibition was conceived as a family show, not in the sense of an architectural dynasty but rather as a lyrical collection of drawings from the architect’s private surroundings. The show questions how family inspires the work of an architect and searches for the sources of Siza’s unique stone and concrete buildings in the fragility of human existence and personal relationships. It also explores how the oeuvre of a famous architect influences the next generation, similarly to how the Bauhaus masters influenced him.

De Punkt and De Komma Social Housing, 1986. The Hague, Netherlands ©Álvaro Siza

IBA Competitions – Schlesisches Tor and Kulturforum, Berlin. 1983 ©Álvaro Siza

The drawings are from the Siza family’s own collection and include sketches from known and less well-known projects, as well as architectural fantasies. The exhibition is curated by António Choupina and Kristin Feireiss.

China Design Museum, 2012. Hangzhou, China ©Álvaro Siza

New Orleans Towers, 2003. Rotterdam, Netherlands ©Álvaro Siza

Universiade _97 Sports Complex, 1994. Palermo, Italy ©Álvaro Sizal

Church of Santa Maria del Rosario, 1999. Rome, Italy ©Álvaro Siza

Ramos Pinto House, 2000. Francelos, Portugal ©Álvaro Leite Siza

– Unknown, 2018 ©Henrique Siza


The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue.


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