The BDA’s (Assotiation of German Architects) traditional annual architecture tour led them in 2013 from Dusseldorf to Porto; from the encounter with local architect colleagues and the truly impressive visit to the office of Eduardo Souto de Moura, they had the idea to develop an exhibition on the Pritzker Prize winner (2011). Together with Insel Hombroich Museum, both institutions are now opening an interesting exhibition, presenting a selection of projects since 1980 until today. The exhibition was designed in close collaboration with de Moura himself to best express the architectural process from development to realization.
From April 18 until August 24, 2015, the Hombroich Foundation will showcase the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Eduardo Souto de Moura. Spanning from his early career in 1980 to the present, the exhibition will explore de Moura’s influential style through models, plans, sketches, and photographs. The exhibition’s contents have also been published in a bilingual catalog, featuring the sketches, plans and models in about 40 photo panels. Cooperation with Portuguese partners and Souto Moura himself was inspiring for everyone involved.
Kicking off on April 18 with an opening reception and lecture by de Moura, the exhibition will be on display in the Siza Pavillion at the Hombroich Missile Base. The connection between content and place is quite obvious, because Moura cooperated in Alvaro Siza’s office and later realized some collaborative projects with him. The exhibition building, which received the 2014 Fritz Höger Prize for Brick Architecture, was designed by Siza in collaboration with Rudolf Finsterwalder, and completed in 2008.
Souto de Moura, born in 1952 in Porto, is one of the most important representatives of contemporary Portuguese architecture. In the design tradition of the Escola do Porto, Souto de Moura combines respect for regional traditions with a reduced modernity, and continues leading design language. After the cooperation with Álvaro Siza, one of the most influential figures of this school, followed many collaborative projects. His work epitomizes the trends of contemporary Portuguese architecture, drawing inspiration from the tradition of the Escola do Porto while exploring the convergence of regional design with reduced, modern scale.
The most famous buildings realized by Souto de Moura in Portugal, are the reconstruction of the Franciscan convent of Santa Maria do Bouro in Amares in 1997, the football stadium Estádio Municipal de Braga for Euro 2004, the museum Casa das Histórias – Museu Paula Rego or 2007 Burgo Tower in Porto. The outstanding importance of Souto de Moura is the insistence on a specific local architecture, while other architects proclaim the globalization of architectural expressions.
“Souto de Moura 1980 – 2015”
April 18, 2015 until August 24, 2015
Hombroich Missile Base
Opening times: Wednesday to Sunday, 12:00 bis 18.00 clock
Admission: 15, – Euro, reduced 7, – Euro
Information source: DBA